Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th May 2008 03:15 UTC
Windows I personally doubted that Windows 7 would make an actual appearance during the Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer joint interview up on stage at the D6 conference, but as it turns out, it has made an appearance. During an interview conducted by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher about Ballmer and Gates' past, present, and future, a short demo was given of Windows 7.
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RE[4]: I don't know
by helf on Wed 28th May 2008 18:14 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: I don't know"
helf
Member since:
2005-07-06

Mushy gel, vibrating screens? uh.. That doesn't even come close to 1/4" travel and a click of an actual button.

I've tried multiple types of keyboards, and I can't stand ones that don't offer real tactile feedback.

even the super thin keyboards with almost no travel drive me insane.

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RE[5]: I don't know
by sbergman27 on Wed 28th May 2008 18:26 in reply to "RE[4]: I don't know"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Mushy gel, vibrating screens? uh.. That doesn't even come close to 1/4" travel...

As if the preview on the main page wasn't racy enough, I click on the "recent comments" entry for this post and find references to mushy gel, vibrating objects, and only 1/4" of travel.

If the incompatibility involves size, I have plenty of email contacts I can forward who claim they can help. ;-)

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RE[6]: I don't know
by helf on Wed 28th May 2008 19:44 in reply to "RE[5]: I don't know"
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

*wipes tear away*

ok, that was the first comment in a long time to actually crack me up. Thanks, I just got out of a mindless meeting ;) I needed that...

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RE[5]: I don't know
by looncraz on Wed 28th May 2008 20:03 in reply to "RE[4]: I don't know"
looncraz Member since:
2005-07-24

With the state of current ( read: bleeding-edge) technology, it is possible to create the sensation of a standard keyboard using a flexible gel-filled display.

In fact we can even dynamically alter the perceptive feel of travel, resistance, and texture. Not sure if it has been actually implemented in any given product as of yet, but the technology is there.

I envision a dynamic task-re-orienting multi-touch interface which will replace keyboards and mice in the future ( read 5-10 years, sooner if certain people read my posts :-) ). The display will modify itself with each application one is using, and with many various tasks within any given application.

Looking at where you type will become common, though, which has its own ramifications.

Pressurized gel in a matrix will enable programmability via a 3D matrix.

_input_grid_pixel
{color, pressure, gradient_to_neighbors, pressure_response};

color is obvious, pressure states how much pressure to
apply to given pixel grid gel( 0 to 1 ), gradient_to_neighbors is utilized to normalize pressure resolutions with display resolutions, and pressure_response determines the response characteristics for tactile simulation.

You will have one inflatable gel section per every X pixel FORMATION ( squares aren't best here ), and each will respond based upon software parameters with specialized hardware doing the heavy-lifting.

It may also be possible, with current technology, to provide pulse-feedback, though reliability must be factored with extra consideration due to the rather immature nature of certain nano-technologies which would be required for this to work properly.

Lastly, the topmost layers would be a nano-coating capable of keeping the surface clean and clear, while also being able to provide feedback upon input. I.E. the coating would "sense, tense, and rinse."

Hmm.. only if I had about $30 million...

--The loon

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