Thursday, May 15, 2008

Multi Touch Goes Big Time!




The iPhone has generated a lot of interest and the biggest factor was it's amazing multi-touch capabilities. Multi-touch allows a person to interact with devices in a much more human and natural way. As big as the graphical user interfaced has been, multi-touch will be even more so. In the future it will become a much bigger factor in how we interact not only with PC's but with other devices such as tv's, refrigerators, stove's, etc.

When it comes to multi-touch, Apple isn't going to stop with the iPhone, as it is no secret that they are planning to introduce a much more sophisticated version of multi-touch that should be coming to OS X and main street Macs and relatively soon.

Macinstein recently posted about ~lux preview and it's use of multi-touch on a grand scale. Yes multi-touch is about to go BIG TIME! As you can see, by clicking on the YouTube video above, it is really quite impressive and as Macinstein says, "really cool looking!" Already CNN use's a similar system developed by Jeff Hann, one of the pioneers in developing multi-touch gesturing systems.



Not to be out done, Microsoft recently demoed it's "TouchWall" computer as reported by C/Net news.  TouchWall is a spin off of Microsoft's Surface interface, but flat turned on it's side. 

Both the Lux preview and the TouchWall give us a glimpse of what the future of high tech computing holds. They seem so futuristic, like something out of Star Wars, or at lest, the Jetson's. Neither go as far as some of the science fiction movies that show off 3D holographic images, but at the rate they are going, I wouldn't be surprised to see that coming along soon as well.

Like Macinstein, I too feel that it probably looks cooler than it is as being that practical at the the moment. It will, however, in the near future, advance rapidly to the point that we might just ponder how we ever did without it. It is about to become mainstream and will transform how we interact with complex devices, making them seem as simple as taking candy away from the proverbial baby.

I am certainly no prophet, and I sure don't know exactly how far or how fast multi-touch will advance, but I do know that it is coming and the impact will be as big, if not bigger, than anything technology has yet delivered up to now, and that includes the graphical user interface.

Will multi-touch ever advance to the point that we can have 3D images that we can not only see, put also pick up and manipulate with our hands, maybe even complete with the sensation of touch?

 Probably not, but then again, at the rate technology is advancing, you never know,  - it just might?

And that's my 2 cents 4 this Thursday, May 15, 2008

Image via c/net.com

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