Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 21st Jun 2007 19:37 UTC
Windows Microsoft is using the multi-touch technology that they implemented into their Surface Table and porting it to normal computers. Check out the video of a demo of a Vista laptop modified to use multi-touch.
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New technology ?
by agentj on Thu 21st Jun 2007 19:49 UTC
agentj
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2005-08-19

I've seen something like this idea in the Sci-Fi movies for ages ...

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RE: New technology ?
by Fransexy on Thu 21st Jun 2007 20:01 in reply to "New technology ?"
Fransexy Member since:
2005-07-29

I've seen something like this idea in the Sci-Fi movies for ages ...


And now itīs no more Sci-Fi ;-)

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RE: New technology ?
by merkoth on Thu 21st Jun 2007 20:03 in reply to "New technology ?"
merkoth Member since:
2006-09-22

<sarcasm>
Yeah, and if someone comes up with some Warp Engines I won't be impressed at all, Star Trek has been using those for ages.
</sarcasm>

Now seriously, I fail to see any sign of logic in your statement.

More in topic now, its a pretty cool idea, but I wonder if Joe Average (Who's had a rough time learning how to use a mouse for the last... 15 years) will feel more comfortable or even more confused.

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RE[2]: New technology ?
by RandomGuy on Thu 21st Jun 2007 20:27 in reply to "RE: New technology ?"
RandomGuy Member since:
2006-07-30

My bet is that Joe Average will love it.
The real problem will probably be to make all apps (including 3rd party apps) behave in a consistent way in order to avoid confusion.

Today we have:
-single click=selcect
-double click=open/launch
-right click=context menu

Tomorrow we might have things like:
-stretch=zoom in/select larger font/???
-rotate=rotate image/maybe switch apps/undo in word processor
For example context menus should have the same gesture across all applications.

A lot of thought should be given as to whether to use a certain gesture to manipulate the window itself (drag, resize, close) or its content.
Probably all actions over the top bar of the window should be interpreted as affecting the window itself and everything else should be forwarded to the actual application running inside that window.

Another interesting thing would be - I don't know if it's possible - to differentiate between different fingers so that for example if you spin an image only using fingers of one hand, it's spins only by multiples of 90° but if you use both hands, you can spin it more precisely.

All in all I love the demos. Way to go, Microsoft!

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RE[2]: New technology ?
by autumnlover on Thu 21st Jun 2007 23:10 in reply to "RE: New technology ?"
autumnlover Member since:
2007-04-12

Now seriously, I fail to see any sign of logic in your statement.


Speaking of sci-fi - you talk like a Vulcan.

;-)

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RE: New technology ?
by cmost on Thu 21st Jun 2007 20:04 in reply to "New technology ?"
cmost Member since:
2006-07-16

"I've seen something like this idea in the Sci-Fi movies for ages ..."

I just saw something like this over on Apple's website. It was called the iPhone. Leave it to Microsoft to rip something off and then act like they invented it.

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RE[2]: New technology ?
by AdamW on Thu 21st Jun 2007 20:41 in reply to "RE: New technology ?"
AdamW Member since:
2005-07-06

Um, Apple hardly invented multitouch.

You should really read this:

http://www.billbuxton.com/multitouchOverview.html

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RE[2]: New technology ?
by fretinator on Fri 22nd Jun 2007 15:35 in reply to "RE: New technology ?"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

Just like Apple "invented" the MP3 player. Of course they didn't, but they made is usefull and accessable to the average user. And they marketed the heck out it. Microsoft does the same thing. It doesn't always matter who invents something. Sometimes it's who makes it practical and usefull for everyday use.

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RE: New technology ?
by Almafeta on Thu 21st Jun 2007 20:27 in reply to "New technology ?"
Almafeta Member since:
2007-02-22

So that's why all the computers in Star Trek are able to communicate with each other.

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RE: New technology ?
by Xaero_Vincent on Thu 21st Jun 2007 21:16 in reply to "New technology ?"
Xaero_Vincent Member since:
2006-08-18

The multi-touch screen found in Surface uses cameras. The one in a laptop would be similar to any touch screen (touch resistance) but with the distinction between multiple fingers.

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