Thinking of futuristic gadgets somehow always brings the thoughts of clean, glassy, transparent designs. That might very well soon be true as the gadgets we see here are getting ready to be real. The concept is from Jason Giddings of Giddings Product Development. Gadgets the concept offers are a multi-touch keyboard and mouse made from tempered glass and with cameras in the base to keep track of motion and contact.
The design is based on a touch screen technology known as FTIR or Frustrated Total Internal Reflection. There are basically infrared LEDs placed at the edge of the glass. In this case, they are hidden inside holes where the glass is mounted to the metal base. Because of the low angle at which the light impacts the internal glass surface, it is bounced around inside the glass, much like looking through a tube to see the reflections on the inside walls. When the glass is touched it frustrates the reflection and the IR light is diffused downward, out of the glass, allowing the camera to see it. Software then determines the location and sends the appropriate information to your computer.
The project is on Kickstarter, where you could help it become a reality.