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The future of computing?
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, June 07, 2007

Pretty impressive even if it is from those nasty Micro$oft people [/sarcasm]
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In the movie The Island (an excellent film which I recommend to anyone who likes sci-fi) the doctor and head of the company that creates the clones uses a desktop computer/display that is remarkably similar to this. The main difference is that in the film the computer is controled by a small crystal pyramid mouse and you can use a pen to write/draw directly on the surface rather than using your fingers which appears to be clumsy.
Written By: Irony Challenged
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We were talking about this the other day. I think it’s a solution in search of a problem. It’s okay for manipulating graphical data. But once you’ve dragged around a few data windows and such, it doesn’t seem to have much more to it.

Data entry (via the virtual keyboard) will take some getting used to, since real keyboards aren’t flat and have some physical feedback. And spending the day hovering over a coffee table isn’t good for the back.

I saw something similar to this a few weeks ago, but it was on the scale of a wall. Here’s a link. I had the same thoughts about this one, too: it has a very limited range of uses, but perhaps someone will figure out more uses.

Written By: steverino
Wow - cool stuff, though I agree with Steverino about the limited nature of applicability.
Written By: meagain
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Limited uses? I don’t think so. The ability to touch the screen and manipulate information objects directly on hi-resolution screens will have a significant impact on usability and will open up new uses for computing and improve many others. There are places where a computing interface would be helpful but a keyboard and mouse make it impractical. It’s not only okay for manipulating graphic data, it’s superior, and information is usually easier to understand when it’s more graphical.

Once the price point is low enough, these will infiltrate homes and business. The surface can be anywhere and any size, meeting a number of needs. It would be excellent to do away with the mouse - it’s a weak proxy for direct contact with objects of interest.

Written By: Grimshaw
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Impressive! The only issue I see - Security.
Written By: michele
Look what those Microsoft people did to this guy. (humor)
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