Leading computer processor company, Intel, has unveiled technology that uses projectors, 3D cameras and specific algorithms to create a touch-sensitive surface in any environment.

The Object-Aware Situated Interactive System – or OASIS – was revealed at the company's annual showcase, the Intel Developer Forum, in San Francisco this week. It has been a key project at their Intel Research Labs.

The set-up comprises a standard laptop that is wired up to a 3D camera and projector. The highly-specialised software that is installed on the laptop uses the camera to recognise and remember objects in front of it – that do not have to be particularly flat or smooth.

The advanced system then scans the item through the camera, as well as the immediate area. This, and any other movements, are represented on the surface via a projector, while the laptop displays a computerised version of the environment.

The capabilities of the software mean that it can determine when you've picked up one of its recognised objects – an apple, for example – and when you do it can be programmed to react by producing recipes or information on apples.

Initial reactions to the technology have been encouraging, with some experts seeing the potential for it to have useful applications in construction and kitchen environments.