2013 R&D 100 Winner
ITRI iAT TechnologyIn many science-fiction dramatizations, including Star Trek and Minority Report, characters use “virtual-touch” input devices to interact with computers. This type of device is approaching reality, and Industrial Technology Research Institute is likely the first to introduce a practical virtual input device to the marketplace. iAT Technology provides users with the sensation of interacting with a virtual input device, floating in the air for pressing or touching, through the integration of three main components. A see-through wearable display is implemented in the form of a normal pair of glasses, equipped with one or two miniature displays positioned in front of the eyes. A defined distance with defined range (DDR) camera is the functional key of iAT Technology, and is equipped with a phase- and color-coded lens that determines if the user has pressed a virtual key or touched a virtual screen. Finally, the air-touch interface links the DDDR camera with the wearable display to help strengthen the user’s sense of action when using the system.

Virtual input device

Industrial Technology Research Institute

Development Team

The iAT Technology Industrial Technology Research Institute development team. Back row (l-r): Shang-Yi Lin, Chy-Lin Wang, Kuo-Chung Huang, Hua-Ying Sheng, Wen-Wei Peng, Wei-Jia Huang, Chih-Hsiang Yu, Chir-Weei Chang, Wen-Jun Zeng, Shys-Fan Yang Moa, Tung-Fa Liou. Front row (l-r): Ludovic Angot, Chuan-Chung Chang, Chun-Chuan Lin, Tzuan-Ren Jeng, Golden Tiao, Hsien-Chang Lin, Chia-Chen Chen, Yueh-Yi Lai, Chih-Cheng Hsu.


The iAT Technology Development Team from Industrial Technology Research Institute
Golden Tiao, Principal Developer
Ludovic Angot
Chir-Weei Chang
Chuan-Chung Chang
Chia-Chen Chen
Tian-Yuan Chen
Lung-Pin Chung
Kuo-Chung Huang
Wei-Jia Huang
Chih-Cheng Hsu
Tzuan-Ren Jeng
Yueh-Yi Lai
Chun-Chuan Lin
Hsien-Chang Lin
Shang-Yi Lin
Tung-Fa Liou
Wen-Wei Peng
Hua-Ying Sheng
Chy-Lin Wang
Shys-Fan Yang Mao
Chih-Hsiang Yu
Wen-Jun Zeng