- Science of the Senses – Touch http://bit.ly/cdbFnj (Sun, 28 Feb 2010 13:57:46 +0000)
- Photo: Kodak Sponsored Studio project aka earphones that capture everything by William Gerwin http://tumblr.com/xin6tz5cu (Fri, 26 Feb 2010 12:01:29 +0000)
- Video: Multi-Touch Real Time Strategy Game: RUSE Multi-Touch Control Trailer http://tumblr.com/xin6tuvze (Fri, 26 Feb 2010 08:27:34 +0000)
Sunday, February 28, 2010
This Youtube video is about science of touch. The summary:
“Touch, expressive and intuitive. Complex in design and function. Essential to our very development. No other sense does more to define us than the sense of touch. And yet most of us move through life, completely unaware of the myriad ways we use it, not only to feel the world, but to move within. In The Science of the Senses: Touch we will take a journey through the skin, into the subcutaneous world of our sensory receptors and up into the brain as we explore the hidden language of our most essential sense. Along the way we will meet Ian Waterman, a man who has lost his sense of touch and developed some amazing strategies to compensate for his loss. We'll visit a blind artist whose astonishing drawings demonstrate the power we may all possess to visualise the world by feeling it. And we'll discover what a race car driver and a surgeon have in common when it comes to utilizing this extraordinary sense and why a revolutionary new prosthetic, one which taps into the amazing power of the human brain, may one day restore the sense of touch to amputees.”
Friday, February 26, 2010
This article includes an excellent comparison chart of upcoming tablet PCs, including Apple iPad, HP Slate, Joo Joo, Notion Ink Adam, Dell Mini S, Archos 7 Android, Lenovo U1, Archos 9.
It’s a product brochure of Wacom multitouch technology. Wacom multitouch can be applied to displays with size from 7” to 17.3”. Displays larger than 7” (up to 15.6”) needs two MUXs, whichi are for a…
This project is to give haptic feedback by generating weak electrical sensation. Although it is for the blind, I think the technology can be applied to a new touch screen that can give real “touchy”…
Scriptel offers dual mode pen and touch solution. It can be compared with N-trig and Wacom. N-trig and Wacom’s technologies relies on the combination of electromagnetic induction and capacitive…
“Touchable, Writable, Colorful” - It summarizes all the requirements of touch technology for ebook readers. Touchscreens for ebook readers must have pen and multitouch functions.
The computer accessories aftermarket amounted to $6.575 billion in 2008, and will reach $7.64 billion by 2013.
This report also contains details of Wacom profile, which is the major company in…
Thursday, February 25, 2010
[Press Release, via Displaybank]
Seoul, Korea & San Jose, CA, February 26, 2010- Displaybank, a global authority in market research and consulting for the display and solar industries, today announced that touch screen panel market will continue to show over 30% CAGR by 2013. Touch screen panel market created $2.45B in 2009 and expected to create $36.4B in 2010 and $73.7B in 2013. Displaybank also forecasts that touch screen enabled application products reached 280M units in 2009 and expected to reach 420M units in 2010 and 800M units by 2013.
“The objective of this work is the construction of an active artificial whisker system which closely corresponds to the external parts of the whisker system in rodents. The development of the artificial whiskers will be the basis for subsequent robot experiments. We were developing a tactile sensor which is responsive to whisker deflection and vibration. The tactile sensor system can measure angular direction, frequency, and deflection amplitude of the artificial whisker, which corresponds to the capabilities of the mechano-receptive sensory systems in rodents.”
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
This is a video clip of a working demo of the above force sensing touch screen. The touch screen was jointly developed by Pressure Profile Systems and MIDT.
I also found another mobile application of PPS tactile sensors at PPS site.
It’ cool idea. That magnets was always the source of troubles for me to do some signal processing, but they’ve used it in very creative way. But I think that three ore more magnetic compasses are needed to track 3D movement accurately.
Everyone would agree that usability is an important aspect of Web design. Whether you’re working on a portfolio website, online store or Web app, making your pages easy and enjoyable for your…
They’ve predicted 163 million smartbooks shipping by 2015
The "Organic Thin Film Transistor (OTFT) Technology and Industry Trend" comprises
(1) Organic Thin Film Transistor's Material & Device Technology,
(2) Development Trend by Maker,
(3) OTFT's Current Key Issues & Development Direction.
<Table of Contents>
1. OTFT Overview
2. Conductivity Property of Organics
3. Operation Principal and Theory of OTFT
4. OTFT Manufacturing Process
5. OTFT Display Device Application
6. OTFT Development Status by Maker
7. Key Issue in OTFT
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Incorporating “five-sense sensors” makes electronic devices much easier to use; devices of the future may be able to recognize human emotions - a feat which would alter the way in which we relate to…
Friday, February 19, 2010
Below are some of papers about touch that will be published at CHI2010 conference.
Multi-touch techniques for Exploring Large-Scale 3D Astrophysical Simulations
Chi-Wing Fu, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Wooi Boon Goh, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Junxiang Allen Ng, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Graspables Revisited: Multi-Touch vs. Tangible Input for Tabletop Displays in Acquisition and Manipulation Tasks
Philip Tuddenham, University of Cambridge, UK
David Kirk, University of Nottingham, UK
Shahram Izadi, Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK
The Design and Evaluation of Multitouch Marking Menus
Julian Lepinski, Autodesk Research, Canada
Tovi Grossman, Autodesk Research, Canada
George Fitzmaurice, Autodesk Research, Canada
FingerCloud: Uncertainty and autonomy handover in capactive sensing
Simon Rogers, University of Glasgow, UK
John Williamson, University of Glasgow, UK
Craig Stewart, University of Glasgow, UK
Rod Murray-Smith, University of Glasgow, UK
The Generalized Perceived Input Point Model and How to Double Touch Accuracy by Extracting Fingerprints
Christian Holz, Hasso Plattner Institute, Germany
Patrick Baudisch, Hasso Plattner Institute, Germany
Finger-Count & Radial-Stroke Shortcuts: 2 Techniques for Augmenting Linear Menus on Multi-Touch Surfaces
Gilles Bailly, Telecom ParisTech, France
Eric Lecolinet, Telecom ParisTech, France
Yves Guiard, Telecom ParisTech, France
Touch-Display Keyboards: Transforming Keyboards into Interactive Surfaces
Florian Block, Lancaster University, Computing Department, UK
Hans Gellersen, Lancaster University, Computing Department, UK
Nicolas Villar, Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK
Adaptive Mouse: A Deformable Computer Mouse Achieving Form-Function Synchronization
Sheng Kai Tang, User Experience Design Section, Mechanical & Industrial Design Center, ASUSTek Computer Inc., Taiwan
Wen Yen Tang, Virtual Reality Lab, Department of Spatial Design, Kun Shan University, Taiwan
Comparing User Performance with Single-Finger, Whole-Hand, and Hybrid Pointing Devices
Xiang Cao, Microsoft Research Cambridge, United Kingdom
Nicolas Villar, Microsoft Research Cambridge, United Kingdom
Shahram Izadi, Microsoft Research Cambridge, United Kingdom
How Users Manipulate Deformable Displays as Input Devices
Sang-Su Lee, KAIST, Republic of Korea
Sohyun Kim, KAIST, Republic of Korea
Bopil Jin, KAIST, Republic of Korea
Eunji Choi, KAIST, Republic of Korea
Boa Kim, KAIST, Republic of Korea
Xu Jia, KAIST, Republic of Korea
Daeeop Kim, KAIST, Republic of Korea
Kun-pyo Lee, KAIST, Republic of Korea
MAGIC: A Motion Gesture Design Tool
Daniel Ashbrook, Georgia Tech & Nokia Research Center Hollywood, USA
Thad Starner, Georgia Tech, USA
Protractor: A Fast and Accurate Gesture Recognizer
Yang Li, Google, USA
GesText: Accelerometer-Based Gestural Text-Entry Systems
Eleanor Jones, University of Bristol, UK
Jason Alexander, University of Bristol, UK
Andreas Andreou, University of Bristol, UK
Pourang Irani, University of Manitoba, Canada
Sriram Subramanian, University of Bristol, UK
Worlds of Information: Designing for Engagement at a Public Multi-Touch Display
Giulio Jacucci, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT, Aalto University, Finland
Ann Morrison, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT, Aalto University, Finland
Gabriela T. Richard, Educational Communication and Technology, New York University, USA
Jari Kleimola, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT, Aalto University, Finland
Peter Peltonen, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT, Aalto University, Finland
Lorenza Parisi, Facoltà di Scienze della Comunicazione, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy
Toni Laitinen, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT, Aalto University, Finland
Touch Projector: Mobile Interaction through Video
Sebastian Boring, University of Munich, Germany
Dominikus Baur, University of Munich, Germany
Andreas Butz, University of Munich, Germany
Sean Gustafson, Hasso Plattner Institute, Germany
Patrick Baudisch, Hasso Plattner Institute, Germany
LensMouse: Augmenting the Mouse with an Interactive Touch Display
Xing Dong Yang, University of Alberta, Canada
Edward Mak, University of Manitoba, Canada
David McCallum, University of Manitoba, Canada
Pourang Irani, University of Manitoba, Canada
Xiang Cao, Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK
Shahram Izadi, Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK
PACER: Fine-grained Interactive Paper via Camera-touch Hybrid Gestures on a Cell Phone
Chunyuan Liao, FXPAL, U.S.A.
Qiong Liu, FXPAL, U.S.A.
Bee Liew, FXPAL, U.S.A.
Lynn Wilcox, FXPAL, U.S.A.
MouseLight: Bimanual Interaction on Digital Paper using a Pen and a Spatially-Aware Mobile Projector
Hyunyoung Song, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
Francois Guimbretiere, Cornell University, USA
Tovi Grossman, Autodesk Research, Canada
George Fitzmaurice, Autodesk Research, Canada
Touching the Void: Direct-Touch Interaction for Intangible Displays
Li-Wei Chan, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Hui-Shan Kao, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Yen-Yang Chen, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Ming-Sui Lee, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Jane Yung-jen Hsu, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Yi-Ping Hung, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Updated Feb. 20, 2010
Ron George, Joshua Blake, “Objects, Containers, Gestures, and Manipulations: Universal Foundational Metaphors of Natural User Interfaces,” CHI2010, Apr. 2010 (PDF)
You can find lists of CHI2010 papers at CHI 2010 Advance Technical Conference Program.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Siri is a personal assistant application with all-in-one interaction (multi-touch, context-aware, voice UI, and semantic search). And it’s market available!
- New NanoMarkets Research Report Puts Touch-Screen Display Revenues at $3.4 Billion by 2014
- DisplaySearch predicts global touch screen market revenues to more than double from ~$3.5B in 2009 to ~$9B by 2016.
- Prices for touch-sensing desktop PCs fell to an average of $838 in November in U.S. retail stores from $1,369 a year earlier, and touch PCs accounted for 4.1% of desktop PC sales in U.S. stores during November, compared with 2.3% the previous year-- NPD Group Inc.
- NextWindow shipped >500K units in 2009 to PC OEMs including HP, Dell, Sony, Lenovo, Medion and NEC.
STMicroelectronics’ STM32TS60, the first member of the STMTouch family, is a resistive multi-touch controller that detects and tracks ten simultaneous touches with very fast response times while…
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
“Mgestyk combines powerful software for hand-gesture language processing with an affordable 3D camera. Our patent-pending technology makes it possible to capture small hand movements and translate them into useful commands for controlling practically any Windows application.
Whether it's a simple cursor for browsing the web or a complex set of two-handed gestures for Flight Simulator, our desktop software makes it easy to map gestures to custom actions.
Since gesture processing is done directly on 3D data, any data beyond a certain depth (such as background color or people walking behind you) can be ignored and will not affect accuracy. Processing is also not affected by the lighting in the room.
Best of all, there are no special gloves to wear or brightly-colored objects to hold.”
Monday, February 15, 2010
- RT @joshblake: RT @faisalhossain: RT @velvetflair: The Future of User Interfaces http://3.ly/c8p9 via @sixrevisions (Sat, 13 Feb 2010 23:25:08 +0000)
- Nice Read: Inside the multitouch FingerWorks tech in Apple’s tablet http://bit.ly/9yHbAg (Sat, 13 Feb 2010 11:31:15 +0000)
- Nice Read: RT @joshblake: RT @faisalhossain: From GUI to NUI - http://tinyurl.com/yghg9uw (Sat, 13 Feb 2010 08:45:33 +0000)
- DIY LCD Multi Touch RT @hackaday: New post: Porta Touch: portable multitouch http://bit.ly/9yE576 (Fri, 12 Feb 2010 17:50:54 +0000)
- Watch PyMT: Multitouch + Pen on Vimeo! http://vimeo.com/5388897 (Fri, 12 Feb 2010 17:46:15 +0000)
- RT @engadget: Wacom Cintiq 21UX multitouch tablet caught in the wilderness of a live presentation http://bit.ly/cArFUw (Fri, 12 Feb 2010 13:16:43 +0000)
- Keyboard Goes Multi Touch http://bit.ly/bvjLp4 (Fri, 12 Feb 2010 07:34:35 +0000)
- RT @kickerstudio: Inside Project Natal http://is.gd/8d3sc (Fri, 12 Feb 2010 06:42:21 +0000)
- Yet Another Thin and Flexible Resistive Multi Touch http://bit.ly/92V9lF (Fri, 12 Feb 2010 05:51:41 +0000)
- It looks good for reading papers. RT @crunchgear: Brother Japan to release a $1,100 "document reader" - http://tcrn.ch/cklMob (Thu, 11 Feb 2010 16:05:39 +0000)
- "Multi-Touch Transforms Retail in 2010" RT @Razorfish The Razorfish 5: Five Technologies That Will Change Your Business http://bit.ly/aS390b (Thu, 11 Feb 2010 15:03:07 +0000)
- Video: Touch Gestural User Interface With Augmented Reality Augmented (hyper)Reality: Domestic Robocop on... http://tumblr.com/xin6ciaey (Thu, 11 Feb 2010 14:52:37 +0000)
- RT @sensoryminds: a stylish alternative to Microsoft #Surface #Touchy Remix http://bit.ly/au7Dwk http://1link.in/fhfig (Thu, 11 Feb 2010 14:47:09 +0000)
- RT @lukewdesign: What gesture control technologies are out there now, what’s coming, and who seems likely to lead: http://bit.ly/bu5f33 (Wed, 10 Feb 2010 16:18:54 +0000)
- Good comparison table "Does the iPad cost too much?" http://www.ajobi.net/arthurlockman/2010/01/does-the-ipad-cost-too-much.html (Tue, 09 Feb 2010 10:08:28 +0000)
- Photos of iPad UX Interactions (Interesting Moments): http://bit.ly/aWkeX6 (Tue, 09 Feb 2010 09:58:19 +0000)
- Concept E-book Reader and Mobile Phone Designs http://bit.ly/daq8YW (Tue, 09 Feb 2010 09:35:23 +0000)
- Touch Technology History http://bit.ly/caMY2Y (Tue, 09 Feb 2010 08:28:59 +0000)
- Resistive Multi Touch Demos http://www.touchuserinterface.com/2010/02/resistive-multi-touch-demos.html (Mon, 08 Feb 2010 07:33:05 +0000)
- HP Labs India - Paper Based Interaction: http://bit.ly/bv2lmm (Mon, 08 Feb 2010 05:02:31 +0000)
- HP Labs India - Intuitive Multimodal and Gestural Interaction Project: The Economic Times has an article about int... http://bit.ly/9hM9jp (Mon, 08 Feb 2010 05:02:31 +0000)
- Good Discussion: Mossberg Discusses the iPad on "The Charlie Rose Show'' http://bit.ly/clxMJv (Mon, 08 Feb 2010 03:19:06 +0000)
- Touch User Interface Twitter Update for the Week (2010-02-01 - 2010-02-08) http://bit.ly/9LTJfK (Mon, 08 Feb 2010 02:01:02 +0000)
Cypress unveiled a pen-enabled capacitive touchscreen solution. Below is the video clip showing a demo of writing and drawing with an ordinary pencil with 1mm tip.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
“The advanced technology takes anti-ghosting to the next level by allowing gamers to press up to 26 keys at once. Because each key is scanned independently by the keyboard hardware, each key press is correctly detected regardless of how many other keys are being pressed at the same time.”
What is more interesting with SideWinder X4 is that Paul Dietz has contributed to developing it. He developed DiamondTouch that is one of the first capacitive multi touch systems and is available through Circle Twelve.
Link: Tech News Daily, “Exclusive: Hands on: SideWinder X4 keyboard review”
Touchco, a New York start-up, had hit the Internet and has gone with its low-cost resistive multi touch solution. Except for Touchco, Stantum is still actively doing its business.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Below are concept designs I’ve chosen among posts at Yanko Design.
The most funny thing with this concept e-book reader is that you can actually flip pages. In addition, if you pages bookmarked with multitouch are easily identified even though the book is closed.
MacView is a concept Mac tablet with two touch LCDs
PencilFlat is a concept mobile phone the deaf folks. It is equipped with a flexible transparent touch screen. A user feeds in the text onto the touch screen to be converted to voice.
via Yanko Design
This is the selectively combined summary of articles about the history of touch technologies. I referred to a report from Morgan Stanley Research, Bill Buxton’s article about multitouch, and “Touchscreen technologies in phones” at Phone Arena.
- Hugh Le Caine demonstrating the prototype of the Touch Sensitive Organ
- Touch screen was used on PLATO by the University of Illinois
- Dr. Hurst designed the first transparent touchscreen
- Elographics invented and patented the 5-wire resistive technical method
- 3M patented surface capacitive technology
- Elo Touch Systems invented the resistive touch sensing technology
- Flexible Machine Interface, the first multi touch input system, was published (Mehta, Nimish, A Flexible Machine Interface, M.A.Sc. Thesis, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Toronto, 1982)
- Bob Boie at Bell Labs invented the first multi touch screen
- Zenith patented the Surface Acoustic Touch Panel System
- Input Research Group at University of Toronto developed multi-touch tablet
- Elo Touch Systems puchased SAW technology from Zenith
- Nissha developed the FineTouch touch panel
- Apple’s Original Newton Message Pad H1000 was introduced
- MicroTouch launched the first projected capacitive touch sensor
- Palm introduced Palm Pilot 1000, the first commercially successful PDA with the resistive touch screen
- 3M acquired MicroTouch
- Zytronic developed ZyTouch projected capacitive touch sensor and applied it to the first Tablet PC prototype
- Microsoft demonstrated the first public prototype of Tablet PC
- MERL developed Diamond Touch multitouch system using projected capacitive touch technology
- Sony published a paper about SmartSkin multitouch system. SmartSkin adopted mutual capacitive sensing that is also used in iPhone.
- NextWindow and Smart Technologies started producing optical touch panels
- FingerWorks developed input peripherals based on the multi touch technology
- Nintendo launched Nintendo DS, a handheld gaming device with dual screen and a touch display
- TMD start mass production of touch-embedded TFT using optical sensors
- Jeff Han demonstrated the first FTIR multi touch
- Apple unveiled iPhone
- AUO demonstrated in-cell touch panel technology at Yokohama FPD conference
- Microsoft unveiled Microsoft Surface
- HP released multi touch Tablet PCs
- Dell launched a multi-touch all-in-one PCs
- Touchco was founded
- Apple released iPad
- Amazon acquired Touchco
Monday, February 8, 2010
The Economic Times has an article about interaction projects at HP Labs Iindia - “@HP Labs, they’ll make keyboard & mouse history”…
Sunday, February 7, 2010
- Mini-Multitouch Interface: This Instructable shows you how to create a mini-multitouch interface out of simple par... http://bit.ly/dCjaRd (Sat, 06 Feb 2010 21:37:02 +0000)
- Florian Echtler: His research interests includes the TISCH framework & libTISCH (see http://tisch.sf.net/ and http... http://bit.ly/bDZArn (Sat, 06 Feb 2010 21:37:00 +0000)
- TISCH - Tangible Interactive Surfaces for Collaboration between Humans: A cross-platform, cross-device multitouch ... http://bit.ly/aMJMtb (Sat, 06 Feb 2010 21:36:59 +0000)
- LCD Multi Touch Using Inverted FTIR Technology http://bit.ly/b81paE (Sat, 06 Feb 2010 07:24:05 +0000)
- Gesture Cube – The First Commercial 3D Capacitive Touch Interface? http://bit.ly/aiMMdA (Fri, 05 Feb 2010 11:26:33 +0000)
- DIY Multitouch on the cheap | Laboratory Frontier: This article introdues $1 and $1000 versions of making multitouch http://bit.ly/d2QtRg (Thu, 04 Feb 2010 15:22:18 +0000)
- Zooming map interface is implemented on paper. No battery, no circuit, and very cheap. http://bit.ly/abo71A (Thu, 04 Feb 2010 13:02:05 +0000)
- Apple announced iPad and Amazon bought Touchco. Ebook reader market is now a new multitouch battlefield. (Thu, 04 Feb 2010 10:40:12 +0000)
- Aamzon has acquired Touchco, Wow. http://bit.ly/cb8dHI (Thu, 04 Feb 2010 08:11:12 +0000)
- RT @crunchgear Proximity sensing shirts light up within ten feet of each other http://bit.ly/cH6kdu (Thu, 04 Feb 2010 08:06:28 +0000)
- RT @crunchgear THQ CEO says Sony’s motion controller is actually named Arc, not Gem http://bit.ly/cBD5ol (Thu, 04 Feb 2010 08:05:43 +0000)
- Video: Pictionaire Multi-touch Table from Microsoft Research (via lynnvm) http://tumblr.com/xin64cgf5 (Thu, 04 Feb 2010 05:46:14 +0000)
- Video: Cypress TrueTouch 14-inch prototype (via DVHardware) http://tumblr.com/xin63svie (Wed, 03 Feb 2010 20:06:18 +0000)
- Cheap Wacom Alternative for MacBook http://bit.ly/di7Cjx (Wed, 03 Feb 2010 09:37:51 +0000)
- Apple Human Interface Guidelines: http://bit.ly/aI6yRh (Wed, 03 Feb 2010 09:03:59 +0000)
- iPhone Human Interface Guidelines: http://bit.ly/7rckMC (Wed, 03 Feb 2010 09:03:58 +0000)
- LCDMultiTouch.com: LcdMultiTouch provides an LCD-based multitouch solution http://bit.ly/d89q4Y (Wed, 03 Feb 2010 09:03:57 +0000)
- Largest capacitive multitouch RT@fastcompany Stickon Plastic Film Can Make 108" Touchscreens http://bit.ly/aH2V4D http://twitpic.com/115d2p (Wed, 03 Feb 2010 08:44:34 +0000)
- Apple is also a good touch company covering the chip, S/W and UI RT @NextWindow: Apple, the chip designer http://tinyurl.com/ycykpmw (Wed, 03 Feb 2010 08:10:31 +0000)
- DIY LCD Multi Touch http://bit.ly/aznoMP (Wed, 03 Feb 2010 07:42:11 +0000)
- iPad User Experience Guidelines: http://www.lukew.com/ff/entry.asp?995 (Wed, 03 Feb 2010 04:24:19 +0000)
- Nice Read: iPad: Overhyped Flop or a case of Great Design Thinking? http://emergentbydesign.com/2010/02/01/699/ (Wed, 03 Feb 2010 04:14:59 +0000)
- RT @crunchgear: Super-thin, bendable LCDs are coming http://bit.ly/dtFpOn by @serkantoto (Tue, 02 Feb 2010 15:47:34 +0000)
- Thanks for sharing your paper RT @joshblake: Direct link to OCGM paper in case anyone had trouble yesterday: http://bit.ly/amr5XP (Tue, 02 Feb 2010 13:10:43 +0000)
- Texas Instruments OMAP4 hands-on - http://www.slashgear.com/texas-instruments-omap4-hands-on-0172231/ (Tue, 02 Feb 2010 12:20:06 +0000)
- OreObject SPHEREtouch mouse is a $155 ball of touch-enabled steel: http://bit.ly/9eOQI9 (via @engadget) http://twitpic.com/110eol (Tue, 02 Feb 2010 12:19:18 +0000)
- Nice reads on NUI: NUI Defined http://bit.ly/daa1Oy
- OCGM: Universal Foundational Metaphors of Natural User Interfaces http://bit.ly/buI5M5 (Tue, 02 Feb 2010 12:04:34 +0000)
- Video: Cute concept video. But I don’t like use a dumb virtual keyboard instead of a pen on a tablet. Chrome... http://tumblr.com/xin62a00g (Tue, 02 Feb 2010 07:56:10 +0000)
- RT @cnet AirMouse lets you wear it like a glove | Crave - CNET http://bit.ly/aByzWL (Tue, 02 Feb 2010 07:44:18 +0000)
- iPhone VS MOTOROI Performance Test (Video Review) http://www.touchuserinterface.com/2010/02/iphone-vs-motoroi-performance-test.html (Tue, 02 Feb 2010 00:19:18 +0000)
- Foot for thought RT @crunchgear: How Apple kills hardware innovation http://bit.ly/90397o by @johnbiggs (Mon, 01 Feb 2010 15:01:32 +0000)
- Collection of flexible and wearable interfaces RT @lynnmarentette: http://bit.ly/aLGEiM http://twitpic.com/10unpo (Mon, 01 Feb 2010 12:36:57 +0000)
- RT @slashgear: Blog post: Windows Mobile 7 UX concepts tip native multitouch http://url.ag/slh645 (Mon, 01 Feb 2010 11:49:48 +0000)
- Touch User Interface Monthly News Letter: Readings Touch Screen Performance Test – Moto Lab: Moto labs have done ... http://bit.ly/bhtjkr (Mon, 01 Feb 2010 11:34:54 +0000)
- Samsung AMOLED panel integrates touchscreen; mass production in March 2010 - http://bit.ly/bEAy5M (via @slashgea) (Mon, 01 Feb 2010 11:10:41 +0000)
- Video: TRKBRD is a touchless touch user interface using IR sensing techniques. Currently the demo hardware... http://tumblr.com/xin6187qu (Mon, 01 Feb 2010 09:24:20 +0000)
- Some touch user interfaces proposed in Apple patents (Apples Proposed Multi-touch User Interface System: http://bit.ly/8OUzu8) (Mon, 01 Feb 2010 08:30:04 +0000)
- 2010 Trend: Sensors & Mobile Phones: http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/2010_trend_sensors_mobile_phones.php via @addthis (Mon, 01 Feb 2010 08:27:06 +0000)
Saturday, February 6, 2010
A cross-platform, cross-device multitouch development framework
Friday, February 5, 2010
Bill Buxton has uploaded an accompanying video clip of his famous touch UI paper entitled “Issues and Techniques in Touch-Sensitive Tablet Input”.
The main difference of Inverted FTIR compared with FTIR multi touch comes from the fact that camera is placed over the screen. So, an LCD display is easily integrated into the FTIR multi touch system.
F. Echtler, A. Dippon, M. Tonnis, and G. Klinker, "Inverted FTIR: Easy Multitouch Sensing for Flatscreens," in ITS2009 Banff, Canada, 2009. http://campar.in.tum.de/Chair/PublicationDetail?pub=echtler2009inverse
Recently, I’m continuously surprised by many companies and people who bring out cool technologies sleeping in the piles of research papers. Today’s surprise is Gesture Cube, which is the result from the joint work of three companies - IDENT Technology AG, ZINOSIGN®, LUNAR Europe
“Gesture Cube uses 3D spatial movement tracking to help transform navigating a device into a magical intuitive experience. The underlying GestIC® technology detects your hand´s approach and movements - your favorite apps and media all at a wave of your hand.”
At this time, the web site contains the video of concept scenarios only, not a real working system.
Simply speaking, Gesture Cube is a portable information/entertainment device that you can control with direct and proximal touch gestures. Each surface of Gesture Cube has its own touch sensitive display that can detect both of touch and proximity.
Overall, it shows us an awesome implementation of two interesting research topics in the field of touch user interface.
Unlike traditional touch interfaces, the interaction of Gesture Cube is performed across two or more surfaces of the device. Many researchers have proposed similar works - hand grip recognition, back-of-side interaction, and Cubtile. There are also prototypes that have touch sensors and LED arrays covering the whole surfaces of devices (gCubik, FentixCube, and Z-agon). But the advancement of Gesture Cube comes from the fact that all of its surfaces are covered with advanced touch screens.
Advanced 3D capacitive touch technology
It adopts electric field sensing (or electric field imaging) technology that was fully investigated by Joshua Smith, who was an MIT student and now is working with Intel Research. Electric field sensing is a variant of traditional capacitive sensing that is specialized for detecting 3D movement of a remote conductive object. Besides electric field sensing, there are other works implementing 3D capacitive sensing (Thracker, EtherTouch, and so forth). From the concept video, it seems that the 3D sensing and conventional touch screen technologies are well merged with each other.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
The New York Times reported that Amazon has acquired Touchco.
A few days ago, I tweeted Touchco stopped doing business. At that time, I roughly guessed that it was acquired by a touch screen company, but never imagined that it is Amazon.
From the technical point of view, however, Touchco is a good choice for Amazon.
You know that Amazon’s Kindle uses E-ink display. And Touchco showed off two interesting demos showing the possibility of applying its IFSR technology to flexible E-ink display (Unfortunately, Youtube demo clips are not public now).
Related News articles
- New York Times, Amazon Said to Buy Touch Start-Up
- CrunchGear, Amazon snaps up touchscreen company – Kindle Touch coming soon?
- Gizmodo, Hello Amazon Kindle Touch: Amazon Buys a Little Multitouch Company
If you want more about Touchco’s IFSR technology, please read the following articles
- Touchco: Rise of the Resisive Touch Technologies.
- How the Stantum’s Resistive Multi-Touch Screen Works
- Pressure Sensitive Multi-touch Surfaces
Youtube video clips are now closed. Followings are few live video clips on the Net.
Updated Feb. 6, 2010
ASU Flexible Display Center has developed a working prototype of touch sensitive e-paper display. You can get a clue how the future Kindle would be.
- Flexible ePaper Touchscreen Display in the Works, I4U
- Flexible Touchscreen E-paper Signals the Rise of Touchscreens Everywhere, FastCompany
Updated Feb. 17, 2010: Touchco Demo Videos
I recently found a video collection of Touchco IFSR multi touch technology.
[Touchco IFSR 3D Navigation]
[Touchco IFSR Enhanced User Interaction]
[Touchco IFSR Multi-Touch Technology]
[Touchco IFSR Sensor Behind Flexible E-ink Display]
[Touchco IFSR Writing with Palm Rejection]
[Touchco IFSR Writing Demonstration]
Updated Nov. 29, 2010
If you miss the Touchco's pressure sensitive touch panel, SUI is another candidate for you