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.