Wednesday, February 21, 2007

HP Uses Touch Interface

When Money Attacks... HP


Hewlett-Packard reached for the consumer market Monday with two new PCs that allow customers to control Microsoft's Windows Vista OS with a touchscreen interface instead of a mouse.

…The TouchSmart desktop PC takes the touchscreen experience even further by running HP's SmartCenter software as the primary interface for Windows Vista. With large icons, integrated TV tuner and shortcuts to other media, the PC is built to be the hub of a range of family activities, said Garret Gargan, North American product marketing manager for PCs.

Users can write virtual sticky-notes for other family members, then touch-and-drag the notes onto an on-screen calendar or bulletin board. Likewise, photographers can crop or rotate pictures by stroking them on-screen. The large monitor completely obscures the computer and optional printer built behind it. Like the notebook, the desktop uses AMD's Turion 64 X2 processor.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007


When Money Attacks... Bars.

Here is a bar that lets you interact with it. The touches also interact with each other.


From YouTube:

This is the surface of an interactive, 10 meter long bar. Every glass, cup, cellphone, car key, businesscard or even fingers will be recognized.

LiveMove makes development for Nintendo Wii Easy

When Money Attacks... Nintendo Wii


From the YouTube page:


Instead of complicated programming, developers need only take a few minutes to train the Wii Remote by examples. LiveMove lets developers ... all » focus directly on creative work without the burden of onerous coding requirements, helping them quickly unleash the potential of WiiTM. The only limitation is the game creator's imagination ...

Multi-Touch from Apple

When Money Attacks... Apple

Check out Steve Jobs' keynote speech from MacWorld this year:

He said:

9:47am - "The problem is really in the bottom 40% -- keyboards that are there whether you need them or not. They have control buttons that are fixed in plastic. Every app wants a different button. You can't add new buttons. How do you solve this problem? We solved this problem -- we solved it in computers 20 years ago. A bitmap screen that can display anything we want -- with a pointing device."

"So how are we going to take this to a mobile device? Get rid of all the buttons, and just make a giant screen. So how are we going to communicate? We're going to use a stylus -- no. Who wants a stylus?? Yuck!"

9:48am - "So let's not use a stylus, we're going to use the best pointing device in the world -- our fingers. We have invented a new technology called multi-tuch. It works like magic, you don't need a stylus, far more accurate than any interface ever shipped, it ignores touches, mutli-finger gestures, and BOY have we patented it!

9:49am - "We have been very lucky to have brought a few revolutionary user interfaces to the market -- the mouse, the click wheel, and now Multi-Touch. Each has made possible a revolutionary product, the Mac, the iPod, and now the iPhone. We're going to build on top of that with software. Software on mobile phones is like baby-software. Today we're going to show you a software breakthrough. Software that's 5-years ahead of what's on any other phone."

10:12am - "I can have multiple SMS conversations. Here's the conversation I've been carrying on [shows QWERTY keyboard on screen]. I've got this little keyboard that prevents error, it's really fast to type on, faster than the little plastic keyboards on all those smartphones. 'Sounds great, see you there." Some predictive text it seems, he'd probably rock this thing faster with thumbs.

10:14am - I can just take my fingers and I can move them together and further apart, and make the photo bigger or smaller." HUGE applause – touch gesturing apparently really hit a chord with these people.

Jeff Han - Touch Input

When Money Attacks... Touch Input

From the page:

Jeff Han is a research scientist for New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Here, he demonstrates—for the first time publicly—his intuitive, "interface-free," touch-driven computer screen, which can be manipulated intuitively with the fingertips, and responds to varying levels of pressure. (Recorded February 2006 in Monterey, CA. Duration: 09:32)

Touch Tablet

When Money Attacks... Tablets

Notice how they are using the mouse to point and click on the interface.


From the YouTube page:

Rob Bushway talks with Microsoft's Hilton Locke, who demonstrates the new multi-touch technology for tablet pcs and ultra-mobile pc


When Money Attacks... Tables.

Place objects on the Reactable and watch them interact with the table and how the table enables them to react with each other.

They also control music and sound. It's pretty cool.


From the YouTube page:

The reactable, is a multi-user electronic music instrument with a tabletop tangible user interface. Several simultaneous performers share complete control over the instrument by moving physical objects on a luminous table surface. By moving and relating these objects, representing components of a classic modular synthesizer, users can create complex and dynamic sonic topologies, with generators, filters and modulators, in a kind of tangible modular synthesizer or graspable flow-controlled programming language.

This instrument is being developed by a team of digital luthiers (Sergi Jordà , Martin Kaltenbrunner, Günter Geiger and Marcos Alonso), at the Music Technology Group within the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Google Earth - Multi Touch Gesture Interaction

When Money Attacks... Google Earth.

This video shows off some multi-touch interaction with Google Earth.

"tabulaMaps - The first interactive landscape based on the tabulaTouch technology, that can sense multiple points of contact through FTIR ... all » techniques, transforming hand movement and multi-touch gestures into expressive actions. It allows arrangement and inspection of digital maps through a set of intuitive gestures. ( )"