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A squeezable concept mouse called Suma

The Suma platform acts like a layer of skin that can detect different points of pressure in a 3D environment. This information is then translated into usable information by the computer software.

A demonstration of the Suma platform
A demonstration of the Suma platform. Reuben Lee/CNET Asia

LAS VEGAS--The Cambridge Consultants booth at CES showcased several concept designs by the company. One that caught our attention was the Suma platform, a squeezable interface technology that promises to offer users a more interactive way to talk to computers.

As shown in the picture above, the Suma platform acts like a layer of skin that can detect different points of pressure in a 3D environment. This information is then translated into usable information by the computer software.

Cambridge Consultants believes the technology can be used in various industries, from medical and industrial to arts and music. The company demonstrated the capabilities of Suma in a simple game where you can squeeze the physical ball to reduce its size in the computer. Turning the ball helps to tilt objects on the screen.

While there's no word of what devices the Suma platform will debut on, a representative at the booth was confident about seeing it in an actual product come 2011.

Using the Suma platform in a gaming application
Using the Suma platform in a gaming application. Reuben Lee/CNET Asia

(Source: Crave Asia)