A compelling piece from Business week today regarding touch computing. After presenting touch computing based solutions (with 3D) over the past 3, going on 4 years … it seems the inevitable is very near … everything as an interactive touch device … and 3D immersive touch will be ubiquitous
Research into tactile, or tangible, computing is one of the most fertile areas of electronic-product design. The systems incorporate familiar objects such as toys, game tokens, cell phones, or wine glasses—and even substances like sand and clay—into the computing experience. By taking advantage of people’s natural sense of touch and spatial orientation, the systems can offer more precise control over what’s happening on the screen than pointing and clicking with a mouse.
A sign Low Cost Immersive Visualization is not far away (paying attention IWB makers?) .. Google has their own version of the Mobile Immersive Learning Lab (GMILL? ) this year at the annual Google IO Event.
Combined with lower fidelity modeling (due to bandwidth consumption for the web)
Immersive TouchImmersive Touch 3D natural user interface is defined as the direct manipulation of 3D virtual environment objects using single or multi-touch surface hardware in multi-user 3D virtual environments. Coined first to describe and define the natural user interface learning principles associated with Edusim. Immersive Touch natural user interface now appears to be taking on a broader focus and meaning with the broader adaption of surface and touch driven hardware such as the IPhone, IPod Touch, IPad, and a growing list of other hardware. Apple also seems to be taking a keen interest in “Immersive Touch” 3D natural user interfaces over the past few years.
A great Victor Frankl piece on “overestimating your potential & meaning” … and reminds me of Miguel de Cervantes”In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.”
Some of this stuff should look somewhat familiar
There will be some 3D natural user interface and “Immersive Touch” UI news emerge over the next 12 months – http://shortText.com/ftx3vhnon
I have been a Bumptop user for awhile now & was intrigued to get a memo from them last week stating that they would be discontinuing support for their product (Oh No !) … this was just too cool to shutter ! So I was pleasantly surprised to learn yesterday their 3D Metaphor for the Desktop will live on … Thanks to Google, who purchased Bumptop and finalized the process just last week.
The possibility that the 3D metaphor is heading to a Google tablet … and bring 3D and Touch that one step closer to the “Immersive Touch” natural user interface get me very excited !