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  1. ok, so I work for a company that does this kind of stuff, targeted at museum installations. this whole multitouch business is enormous, enormous hype.

    look very carefully at what he’s doing with his hands and you can see there’s actually only three actions: click, drag, zoom. and the only one where multitouch actually counts is zoom. i admit the keyboard is pretty cool albeit unnecessary (why not just use a natural handwriting action?). the photo sorting could be done with the need for multitouch.

    almoste everything else is in the software: fantastic ui design in other words.

    there’s also a huge drawback to the rear projection plus Frustrated Internal Reflection tracking methodology: it’s enormously sensitive to external light sources. as in, put this screen anywhere near any incandescant light bulb and it will fall to pieces.

    sv_rantmode 0

    well, my 2c anyway.

  2. Rozencrantz Rozencrantz

    But to those of us who are used to the “place your hand one inch to the left of the picture and hold it there until it registers” school of touch-screens, this is amazing.

  3. I actually got my masters from NYU and had a hands on demonstration with Jeff’s touch screen in it’s first phase when it had only a few applications made for it, and even then it was still awesome. I don’t know why Damian went off on it, since there isn’t anything that comes close to what’s being done there. Jeff actually worked as a consultant for Apple with there “multi-touch” interface on the iPhone, so this technology doesn’t have to be a rear projection based system, this is just what he built in the lab as a demo.

    Also, there is a rotate action and stretch which is actually different than the zoom.

    Last but not least, multi-touch isn’t hype, it’s a direction that we’ll soon be heading towards. There is a lot of research going on into the further development of User Interface design and how we can think outside the box we’ve been stuck in for so long. It’s like saying that the mouse or GUI is all hype when it was created at the Xerox lab.

    It’s your thinking that cost Xerox one of the biggest inventions of our time, the GUI.

  4. The Pezman The Pezman

    The question I have is when anything close to resembling that will be available in consumer products. And I don’t count the iPhone because I’ve yet to see how it actually functions in a consumer environment.

  5. Maybe we can ask the anti-christ from space Tom Cruise if we borrow his Minority Report glove for some wireless action. Amazing technology, I can see it 10 years from now. Raskin’s human interface did something similiar with the zoomback zeitgeist, but this actually looks good.

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