Saturday, October 27, 2007

Touch Screen Table

I was really impressed with the new technology coming into the screen domain: multipoint touchscreen.
Though touchscreen technology is available since some decades and is now very present in today's common devices such as smart phone and PDAs, this improvement allows more than one finger or pointing devices to interact on the screen and can allow more than one user to interact with the touchscreen simultaneously.

First: a video of Jeff Han when he demonstrates for the first time publicly, his intuitive, "interface-free", multi-touch screen.

A second video with Jeff Han at Siggraph 2006:

Microsoft has developed their own multi-touch device called Microsoft Surface™.
Excerpt from their website: Microsoft Surface™, the first commercially available surface computer from Microsoft Corp., turns an ordinary tabletop into a vibrant, interactive surface. The product provides effortless interaction with digital content through natural gestures, touch and physical objects. Surface is a 30-inch display in a table-like form factor that's easy for individuals or small groups to interact with in a way that feels familiar, just like in the real world.

Finally, you can learn a bit how touch-screen monitors know where you're touching!