The Benddesk

The Benddesk is a concept design created by researchers at Aachen university in Germany.

It combines the horizontal real world desk top with the virtual desktop by bending a multi-touch screen. It’s main aim is to explore the human factors element of design and how people interact with technology. It is possible to drag and drop images or documents around the screen which looks ideal for editing just about anything.


The set up uses two projectors – one for the vertical element and one for the horizontal to display the images. The users touch is detected by cameras which collect the data of the effect of the touches on the path of light from infra red LED’s. The screen is acrylic so it’s even safe to keep your tea on there.


Written by TreeThinker

Passionate about the Earth and those who inhabit it. An engineer (BEng (Hons), MSEE) from Oxfordshire, UK, specialising in designing for a sustainable future. A member of the Society of Environmental Engineers and a keen environmental advocate who volunteers for several grass roots sustainability groups. I work full time as a project manager for a renewable energy company based in Oxford and also run ‘TreeThinker’ (; a business converting previous pasture land into a rich permaculture farm growing produce for sale locally as well as providing education on organic and permaculture techniques. I deliver workshops on sustainable living, including building renewable energy technologies, as well as workshops for schools discussing 'Energy as a resource' amongst other topics. I am qualified in ‘Information, advice and guidance’ (level 4) and experienced at teaching practical skills. I'm also a keen cyclist and have a love of wordplay - writing a blog on etymology (

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