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Kudos to liorz for beating me to it (link to post in Hebrew).

Veteran readers of Tidbits might recall my fascination with the "Multi-Touch Screen" technology developed by Jeff Han of NYU and how it might revolutionize the way we interact with our computers.

Microsoft Surface promises to be a commercial implementation of a Multi-Touch Screen that will hit the market this winter (according to their PR site). See Bill introduce the product at the Wall Street Journal's D conference:

It's very surprising to hear that Microsoft has beaten Han's Perceptive Pixel in bringing this technology to the mass market. Perceptive Pixel only sell to heavyweight clients, mostly security and intelligence organizations. Microsoft claims the idea for a multi-touch table has been rolling around in Redmond since 2002 - that in itself is a surprise to me.

I believe that if Surface is really as good as it advertises itself to be then we're in for a major revolution that will leave our computers free of keyboards and mice. I hope this will happen sooner than later - depending on how good the implementation is and how quickly prices will drop to reasonable levels.

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2007 6:10 AM usability , gui , microsoft | Back to top


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