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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Perceptive Pixel: The Next Step of Multi-Touch Technology

For those of you who have been with us for a while, you probably remember that Matt, our oldest contributor here at [GAS], has blogged extensively about multi-touch display technologies. I'm sure most of you have already read both of his articles, but if you didn't, go ahead and take a look at them (1, 2), they're very interesting. Unsurprisingly, the technology that was featured in one of these posts is really getting noticed by the world, and Jeff Han, the researcher who invented it, has started a company named "Perceptive Pixel" to pursue its development. Here is a brand new video presenting the company and its technology.

Matt adds: As you can see, this video is an excellent mix of very shiny eye-candy and real-world applications that seriously benefit from the use of a multi-touch interface. It goes way beyond Jeff Han's TED demo in showing the technology's usefulness in collaborative applications on large-format displays.

The news that Han is forming a startup company is very encouraging. One of the things that's been quite worrisome since the iPhone announcement was that Apple would claim a patent on the concept of "multi-touch". Fortunately, the fact that Perceptive Pixel came into existence is a good sign that Apple doesn't own every right on this new and revolutionary idea.


  • Man the multitouch technology is truly amazing! I wish I had a touch screen like that for surfing the net!! :)

    By Blogger Unknown, at 1:18 AM  

  • Interesting to see that one of the small windows towards the end was showing Star Trek: The Next Generation. A Source of inspiration perhaps?

    The future is truly here!

    By Blogger Unknown, at 4:47 AM  

  • This will never take off. Moving your hands like that just requires too much energy. People would get tired after 10 minutes of workign with a system like that. Great to watch, practically useless.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:35 AM  

  • i think this is amazing and is much much better than using just a mouse, i feel limited by a small screen and mouse pointer, i would definitely buy this, would change the whole way i interact and use the web and computer

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:52 AM  

  • impresive, I can't wait to have something like that on my laptop

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:55 AM  

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