Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 14th Jul 2007 19:54 UTC, submitted by archiesteel
X11, Window Managers Peter Hutterer, the man behind the multiple pointer X server, has released an update to MPX server, adding support for multitouch displays. "MPX already supported multiple input devices. Which blows pretty much all assumptions in user interfaces (input) out of the water. Now I've gone one step further and added support for multi-touch displays."
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I don't see any benefits from it.
by axilmar on Mon 16th Jul 2007 14:51 UTC
axilmar
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I've seen the video (and many others) but I am not convinced multitouch displays is the way to go. For starters, you need a keyboard to do serious work (because computer commands are still input by the keyboard!), and the demo did not show any truly innovative uses of multitouch. The drawing application is nice for 5 year olds like my nephew, but it is nowhere near appropriate for detailed work.

Computer displays are different beasts from mobile phones. A multitouch screen may work nicely for the iPhone, but the iPhone's screen is very small. It's not the same as a 17" monitor.

Congratulations though to the MPX guy (independently of my views of multitouch, the guy deserves some respect).

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