Touch Screen03.16.07   |   Posted in: Tech   |   By: Kellis Landrum
Tags: Experimental Projects, Industrial Design, Product Design, Tech, Video
We donâ€™t use the phrase â€œthis could change everythingâ€ lightly or often because we save it for things like this. In this video NYU research scientist Jeff Han demonstrates his intuitive, “interface-free,” touch-driven computer screen, which can track multiple points (up to fifteen fingers between you and a friend) and is pressure sensitive.While Han points out that touch screens are nothing new, being able to contact them with multiple points changes the dynamics of the graphic user interface entirely. This demonstration takes the concept of the â€œvirtual desktopâ€ to a whole new level as the screen is set up at actual desk height and the interaction is remarkably similar to the way we use a physical workspace.We found out about this while doing a little research on Appleâ€™s iPhone as they have already filed a few patents on this technology. If this ends up being co-opted in to Appleâ€™s product design arsenal the way graphic user interface technology was in the early 80â€™s we will not be the least bit surprised.