OK, I want one

by Volker Weber

[Update:] Hajo has sent a link to a much better video. And he is right: the Microsoft guy in the ad does not look good against this video.

I also forgot to thank Florian for the original link. There you go: thank you. :-)


Hmm. It looks like fun, but I didn't exactly anything constructive done. What would you do with it? After all, fingerpainting is also fun.

Ben Langhinrichs, 2007-03-07

Amazing ...
Nice story here

Hajo Schmitt, 2007-03-07

@ben, even single point pen tablets are great input device for some applications. Add pressure sensitivity and they are even more useful. Now put it on top of a display and you have an extremely natural way of working with graphic media. Draw straight on the screen. I'd love to have a Wacom Cintiq that does just that. Not that I have the skills to justify buying one ;)

To some extent adding multiple active pressure points is a simple concept, but I'm sure the applications will just snowball once designers gat to grips with the concept.

How useful were the early demos of WIMP systems? Did anyone say "It looks like fun, but I didn't exactly [see] anything constructive done." Will people be able to interact with larger sets of information in a more intuitive way? I think so.

Kerr Rainey, 2007-03-07

LOL - it looks like a giant iPhone :-)

Bruce Elgort, 2007-03-07

A cybergeek's wet dream - want one, too ;-)

Frank Dröge, 2007-03-07

I could use one immediately and that is just for my work with Notes and all the other gimmicks. That would exactly fit my needs. Moving things around on a virtual working table. A normal keybord should hover around somewhere. Instead of that silly PowerPoint having something like that for my roadshow .... great.
Workflow design with webservices and plugins and rdb ... That would simplify the work of developers.
... and for games too....

Christian Tillmanns, 2007-03-07

I immediately visualize the us of it in design (industrial, web, collaborative brainstorming, etc).

Just wondering how much is it or when will be released as a commercial product.


Alex Hernandez, 2007-03-07

It reminds me of Minority Report.

Science fiction becoming true...

Pieter Lansbergen, 2007-03-07

Okay, who's in for a group order?

Jochen Lillich, 2007-03-07

For this to succeed and become mainstream it needs porn...I am trying to imagine how it can be used in that for that use...ok I can imagine that easily.

Carl Tyler, 2007-03-07

Yes, but do you have the upper-body strength to work in that kind of environment?

OK/Cancel made fun of this sort of interface a while back. Looks fun, but it would wear you out.

Julian Robichaux, 2007-03-07

Sometimes I wonder why we should still bother with physical reality when we can synthezise things and interact with them through such or similar interfaces... ;-)

Haiko Hebig, 2007-03-07

@Julian, at least it would make one work standing upright for a while... a welcome change if you ask me. And it's way kewler than just a desk with height adjustment...

@Carl, yes, look at the size of that thing...

Frank Dröge, 2007-03-07

This time reality seems to match or even be ahead of technology visions implied in the Star Trek TV series (still waiting for the warp switch in my car though)

kristian raue, 2007-03-07

When i create a product (program, graphic a.s.o) on this screen, can i call it 'hand made'? ;-)

Martin Vogel, 2007-03-08

Reminds me of the Dilbert cartoon "I'm still pumped from using the mouse"... Computing just got a whole lot more intensive !

Alex Boschmans, 2007-03-08

So, in an age when its critical that we conserve energy, we are now being enticed to buy 2 metre long touch sensitive displays ..... real progress.... ;-)

Mark Harris, 2007-03-08

@Frank: Size DOES matter :-)

Ok, seriously, any application that needs visualization of complex models and their modification could use this. As Christian said, workflow design or system architectures. Or imagine a process control system, in which one could actually grab the components and tweak parameters in this way rather than using a mouse. But yes, it'll be interesting to see the price tag and the commercial availability of this. It sure would need a good API to allow existing applications to support this.

Ragnar Schierholz, 2007-03-08

I'd like one, too.
I know a company which has at least three smartboards, which have a centimetre dust on it - because nobody uses them.
Is there a known name for the dilemma of companies owning things that nobody uses because they are too expensive for individual use whilst the majority of staff could potentially use it but does not know of the existence nor have the technical skills?

Stephan Bohr, 2007-03-08

I've always thought gaming will be the porte d'entré to the future of man-machine interfaces. Keyboards are incredibly stupid ways to interface with computers. Sci-fi has demonstrated more natural ways to interface. Think of Star Trek's voice interfaces + those consoles that took commands via touch and reconfigured touch-points to different functions based on the context of the function / user's desired inputs.

Beautiful and what I especially like about their demo is that I will bet it didn't take as much of a back end to deliver that real-time graphical manipulation as we think. Desktop tech with a hefty GPU could do it today. We need more of the out of the box thinking that went into this application, delivered in today's apps.

Very cool. I want one too but know I can't afford it ;-)

Asad Quraishi, 2007-03-08

I agree with Ben. With this, I have the same problem as with the experimental 3D desktops. (Anybody tried Project Looking Glass yet?) They look cool, but what do you actually do with it?

Hanno Zulla, 2007-03-08

There's also a video from TED Talks, where Jeff Han explains the multi-touch gestures: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKh1Rv0PlOQ

Markus Thielmann, 2007-03-08

First time I saw this kind of machinery interaction was a video from TED Talks:


We were sitting extited in front of my screen ....

Klaus Stenner, 2007-03-08

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