January 18, 2007

Multi-touch UI: New video & interview

Jefferson Han is the NYU researcher whose research into multi-touch interfaces–and accompanying super-cool video–exploded onto the Web this time last year.   He’s been on many folks’ brains since last week, when Apple demoed multi-touch features on the forthcoming iPhone.  Now Fast Company has posted a feature on Jeff, along with an new video.  The profile is just a tad breathless ("The scope of the projects he’s involved in is a testament to the sheer wattage of his brain" makes me think there’s a Trapper Keeper with "I [Heart] JH!!!" on it), but it’s fun to learn about a very bright dude with a huge passion for just getting it done.  (Hey, how many 12-year-olds build a laser?)

Posted by John Nack at 3:37 PM on January 18, 2007

Comments

  • rhwinter — 5:14 PM on January 18, 2007

    wow!
    I wonder how much processing power these things need to work properly. Ordinary humans will take ages to get access to it (the way things are going, “ages” meaning “probably a couple of years”).

  • Michal — 5:12 AM on January 19, 2007

    So cool..you should have a look at bumptop prototype…
    http://honeybrown.ca/Pubs/BumpTop.html
    [Oh yes; see previous. --J.]

  • JD — 1:42 PM on January 19, 2007

    This seems so sci-fi! If it catches on, it will be because it is better adapted to the way people are accustomed to using the Internet. It will be interesting to see how the Internet adapts to this.
    [Yes indeed. --J.]

  • David — 2:16 PM on January 19, 2007

    Thank you for posting this. I am constantly amazed by new technology, but this has impressed me more than anything has in recent memory. I love the ideas that they’ve generated – it proves that such technology isn’t very far away!

  • Rajesh Ghodke — 11:51 PM on September 16, 2007

    These interaction paradigms look fabulous – but looking at it and actually using it are two different activities. I keep on thinking about these modes of interaction with devices. They would standardize user behavior to an extent where we fear of loosing the essence of uniqueness. Many of the products in todays world would be redundant. E.g.: Photo album, Wallets etc… Ultimately this sounds good. It would be interesting to see the results of user tests though.

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