Ok, I’ve been a self confessed geek for years now. (and people have called me that for many more years – different story)
This has got to be the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.
First there was the punch-card.Â Then the keyboard, then the Graphical User Interface (IE – Windows).Â I think the next logical step in user interface is finally here.Â
Calling it a “Multi-Point” touchscreen is not giving it nearly the credit it’s due.Â This DemoÂ from Perceptive Pixel shows it for it’s true potential.
The first real implementation of this technology is actually the new iPhone from Apple.Â One of the things that makes it a breakthrough device is that you can hold the screen with one finger and drag or click with the other.
The next implementation, the one that got my intention, is by Microsoft.Â Code-named “Milan” the “Microsoft Surface” (They had better come up with something better, that name doesn’t even begin to describe this product’s potential) has to be one of the more amazing consumer applications for this technology that I’ve ever seen.
In this demo by Popular Mechanics (of all people) you can see, it turns your table top, or desk top, into a completely interactive surface.Â What gets me most is the seemless integration of wireless devices like phones, cameras, and the like, where you can set a wireless digital camera on the surface of the “table” and it will instantly download the pictures from it, allow you to manipulate them and transfer them to other devices, like phones, and such.
Amazingly enough the prices of these units are not entirely unreasonable.Â Microsoft anticipates the first units to go to corporate and casino clients, and will cost around $10,000 to $15,000 each.Â For those of us who have paid more than $2,500 for a simple flat-screen plasma television, you realize that this is not far off the mark for prototype, first-run technology.
I anticipate seeing this available for home use in the next 5-10 years..amazingly enough.
The thing that really gets me is the company responsible, Perceptive Pixel, is privately held as a spinoff of the NYU Courant Institute of mathematical Sciences, and I don’t think they are selling stock any time soon.