A couple of months ago I saw this awesome demo of a multi-touch input screen demo on Slashdot - The Ultimate Dual-Hand Touchscreen. Needless to say I was amazed and blown away by the reality that a lot of new and innovative interfaces could actually be this close.
Remember the interface used in Minority Report, well it demonstrated a similar style interface to that.
Then I was trying to remember it this week and telling a co-worker about it, and Rembrandt how awesome it actually was and what it could actually mean for things we could see out in the next couple of years.
So I went digging and found one site that had the video and a number of tidbits that people have collected together on it at http://multi-touchscreen.com/. I sat and watched the whole video again twice tonight, in amazement and wonder of what might be reality in the next couple of years!
Now for some details that I saw in browsing and reading about it.
One person behind some of this is Jeff Han at NYU's Department of Computer Science
The other is Yann Lecon Professor of Computer Science, The Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University
Multi-Touch Sensing through Frustrated Total Internal Reflection pretty cool demonstration.
This was presented in March 2006 at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference during a session called The Future of Interfaces Is Multi-Touch
Blog entry at Makezine.com Multitouch interaction research
Blog entry at Makezine.com The Future of Interfaces Is Multi-Touch
A Very interesting area and I plan to keep track of it as time goes by and when I can figure out a way to justify it I'm getting one for my computer!
Just ran across a very interesting post linking to Lemur - The Multitouch Control Surface
And one last link to some continuing research on Multi-Touch Interaction Research
Enjoy the interesting Information