Friday, April 30, 2010

Review : iPhone & iPad e-book app

iPhone/iPad e-book app review: iBooks
“And now it’s time to review an e-book app that does not have “Reader” in the name. Time to look at the big kahuna of iPad e-book readers, the one that was supposed to change the publishing industry forever: iBooks.”
Book & ibook

Thursday, April 29, 2010

You can get Mac-like Scrolling on Windows labtop

Get Mac-Like Scrolling and Gestures on a Windows Laptop
“Once you've used the hand-helping, time-saving, two-finger scrolling and three-finger gestures on a MacBook, a standard Windows trackpad can feel kind of, well, dead. Here's how to get total finger control with a tiny app, or go further with a driver swap.”
Get Mac-Like Scrolling and Gestures on a Windows Laptop

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Gaming and Home Computing technology adopt Touch Screen after iPad

Touch Screens Take Over Gaming and Home Computing
“With the US release of Apple’s iPad pushing hundreds of thousands of technology fans to pick up the device, a greater number of companies are approaching touch screens as a serious alternative to traditional keyboard-based PC input.”
Touch screen

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Latest Mobile Trend

The Latest Trends in Mobile Handset Design
“According to industry analyst Celia Bo, “In recent years the major technology and application trends in handset design have focused on 3G (and beyond) capabilities including web surfing, social networking, multimedia, connectivity, better cameras, VoIP, pico projectors and more.””

Monday, April 26, 2010

MultiTouch by Multiple people

Beyond the iPad: Massive MultiTouch Displays Have Big Social Potential
“Apple appears to have been right in betting that people would embrace a big version of the iPod Touch; the increased sense of intimacy with no keyboard or mouse chaperons is palpable. But even larger touchscreens, like the one the Finnish company MultiTouch let us play around with last week, can track each fingertip of a large group of people — a key distinction that enables a more social set of behaviors, because multiple people can use them at the same time.”

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Touch User Interface Weekly Summary(2010-04-19 - 2010-04-26)

  • Microsoft Large Surface Concept (Sun, 25 Apr 2010 15:00:11 +0000)
  • Google is Working on Tablet (Sat, 24 Apr 2010 15:30:07 +0000)
  • All about “KIN” (Sat, 24 Apr 2010 14:00:18 +0000)

Microsoft Large Surface Concept

CrunchRender: The Microsoft Method All-In-One
“There’s a video up on YouTube right now, and while it’s probably completely fake, it pretends to be a possible product coming from Microsoft. The concept is interesting, but not really feasible (or at least not affordable).”

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Google is Working on Tablet

Eric Schmidt Confirms That Google is Working on Tablet
“Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt confirmed to folks at a party in LA that Google is working on a Tablet and confirmed that it will probably “not get it right the first time.” Coming from the company that made Beta famous, Schmidt is basically saying that Google will continue the trend that we’ve seen with so much new hardware of late. It’s all Beta hardware and users get to pay for the privilege.”
Eric Schmidt

All about “KIN”

Microsoft Kin: everything you ever wanted to know
“For as long as Windows Mobile 6.x overstayed its welcome, Microsoft seems to be doing what it can to launch a full-out assault on the mobile battlefield -- first with Windows Phone 7, and now less than a month later with Kin. As we were reminded ad nauseam at the unveiling, the pair of devices -- dubbed Kin One and Kin Two -- aren't for the tech enthusiasts in the crowd, but rather for a younger audience”
Microsoft Kin

Friday, April 23, 2010

Multitouch Floor Display and Interface

Multitoe Multitouch Floor Interface
“Designed and created by professor Patrick Baudisch and his team the Multitoe, multitouch floor display and interface allows you to interact with computers in a totally unique way.”
floor interface

Samsung NB30 netbook installing Touchscreen

Samsung adds touchscreen to NB30 netbook
“Samsung has added a touchscreen to its rugged NB30 netbook, thus creating the NB30 Touch. The 10.1-inch matte LED touchscreen has a resolution of 1024x600 and is viewable outdoors, while the processor remains Intel's 1.66GHz Atom. Windows 7 Starter Edition is preloaded onto the 160GB or optional 250GB hard drive, and there is 1GB of RAM.”
NB30 Touch

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Ava concept phone with two screens

Ava concept phone features two screens
“A dual-screen is a pretty unusual concept for handsets. Here’s one such device that many might want to see up for sale as soon as possible. The Ava concept phone designed by Donnie Mamanov boasts of incorporating two screens in a sleek form factor. Tuvie has images of this innovative touch-phone that features next generation nano technology.”
dual screen

Capacitive touchscreen is better than resistive

Capacitive or resistive: what's the best type of touchscreen?
“I keep reading about capacitive and resistive touchscreens, but I’m not sure what the real-world differences are. Capacitive screens generally receive more favourable reviews than resistive, but I’ve seen some strong views in the other direction on various blogs and online forums, with people saying that resistive screens are more accurate. I’d appreciate your views on which screen technology to choose.”
resistive touchscreen

Concept Video: E-ink Equipped News Paper

NiCE Book - Supporting Natural Note Taking

Turn your arm into living touch pad

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Attack of 8-bit Creatures

LOL. Forgotten 8-bit game creatures return with upgraded power.

Posted via web from touchuserinterface's posterous

Xperia X10 geting Multi-touch and Android 2.1

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 to get multi-touch and Android 2.1?!
“The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is a worthy addition to the ever growing Android family, bringing a huge touchscreen display, best in class camera and unique offerings such as Timescape and Mediascape. But, as good as it is, the X10 is not without it’s drawbacks, most notably the fact that it’s stuck languishing on Android 1.6 and lacks support for multi-touch. But, this could all be about to change should the mutterings of a Sony Ericsson employee be taken at face value.”
Xperia X10
UK Mobile Phone Blog

Measuring Punch Power

Interactiv’ Boxing And No Misspelling Here
“I tried boxing once and sucked at it. Yes friends, I hit about as hard as bird poop on a car window. It’s pathetic so before I return to the boxing gym, I need the Interactiv’ Boxing companion. It’s wall mounted and as the name suggests, interactive! Aim for the targets as they light up and choose from 10 training programs. They come with a pair of gloves so fistacuffs is not the name of the game here. Once I’m good and ready, I can return to the boxing gym with my head held high.”
Interactiv' Boxing

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Multitouch from Atmel – maXTouch

Atmel Products - Touchscreens - Unlimited Touch, Unlimited Product Possibilities
Atmel has showed off maXTouch multi-touch IC that uses capacitive multi-touch sensing technology. Atmel has acquired Quantum Research Group to develop maXTouch.

Multitouch Pong


It’ll be more comfortable to play on a multitouch tabletop.


via FlashRealTime

Touchless Touch on Your Phone – Cypress TrueTouch Hover

Cypress has announced a new functionality of its line of touch sensing products – hover detection. As far as I know, it’s almost the first working demo of detecting finger hovering on a small-sized capacitive touch display. Check it out at Cypress.



via Cypress on Twitter

Touch Technology Issue by Geoff Walker

March 2010 Vol. 26, No. 03 Touch Technology Issue
“• Consumer-device manufacturers are adopting touch at a very rapid rate.
• New touch technologies are being created.
• Touch is growing 3X (units) to 10X (revenue) faster than the display industry.
• Existing touch technologies are being refined and enhanced.
• Projected-capacitive-touch revenue has rocketed from $20 million to $600 million in 3 years.
• The pace and scope of university research on touch has accelerated.
• Display Week has dedicated one of the four half-day Sunday Short Courses to touch.
• SID has designated touch as a special area of focus and created symposium sessions exclusively for touch.
• Touch startups are being funded or acquired when they rarely would have been in the past (FlatFrog, Touchco, Sensitive Objects …).
• New conferences and shows devoted to touch are being created worldwide.”
Geoff Walker
Information Display

Show us both phases of the Moon and Hour

Moon Phase Watch Extravaganza!
“Usually, when there’s an extravaganza, there’s a whole bucket full of them. But not this time! But why?! I’ll tell you why. It’s because we only need one, yes, ONE of them. This is the one right here. It’s called the “Moon Watch” and it’s made by those fabulous folks over at The Emotion Lab. Not only does this one tell you the phases of the moon as they happen, this one tells you the 24 hours in the day as well.”
MoonWatch by The Emotion Lab

The future of windows ? has introduced very futuristic interactive displays that will replace today’s boring windows (not Windows). The system consists of two 46” displays, Apple Mac Pro, Wiimote and supervising software called Winscape. A user wears an IR emitting necklace and Wiimote gets the position of the user so that Winscape adjusts scenes displayed on the windows.



Monday, April 19, 2010

Virtual Graffiti Applicaion for iPhone

World Cleanest Graffiti— iPhone App Concept
“There are a number of drawing iPhone apps available, but I think it would be fun if you could paste the picture you draw on a real wall, but virtually.”
Virtual Graffiti

Paper: Novel and Forgotten Current-steering Techniques for Resistive Multitouch, Duotouch, and Polytouch Position Sensing with Pressure

A. Freed, "Novel and Forgotten Current-steering Techniques for Resistive Multitouch, Duotouch, and Polytouch Position Sensing with Pressure," NIME 2009, 2009.

This paper well discusses the many existing technologies for resistive multi-touch
“A compendium of foundational circuits for interfacing resistive pressure and position sensors is presented with example applications for music controllers and tangible interfaces.”
Reference: A. Freed, "Novel and Forgotten Current-steering Techniques for Resistive Multitouch, Duotouch, and Polytouch Position Sensing with Pressure," NIME 2009, 2009.

We don’t have to use Chess Pieces

Weiqi With No Chess Pieces
“The WU& a Chess Set eschews ancient runes and poggles for LEDs. The foldable silica gel chessboard rolls up for portability and if you can’t find a partner, the onboard computer will gladly make a worthy opponent. On another note, I was never able to master this form of chess but LEDs attract me like a moth to a flame so I may try again.”
LED Chess set

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Touch User Interface Weekly Summary (2010-04-12 - 2010-04-19)

  • Measuring Punch Power (Sun, 18 Apr 2010 20:45:37 +0000)
  • Studies of direct-touch, bimanual, and multifinger interaction (Sat, 17 Apr 2010 15:30:07 +0000)
  • iDisplay-Brilliant Connection from Mac to iPhone, iPod touch (Sat, 17 Apr 2010 14:00:06 +0000)

We can make Multi-touch Surface

DIY Multi-touch Surface Looks Like a Great Weekend Project
If you’re an industrious type, you might want to get your workshop ready: there’s a new multi-touch surface computer project at Instructables.
DIY Surface

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Studies of direct-touch, bimanual, and multifinger interaction

Measuring Multitarget Selection Efficiency on Touch Interfaces
Multitouch workstations support direct-touch, bimanual, and multifinger interaction. Previous studies have separately examined the benefits of these three interaction attributes over mouse-based interactions. In contrast, we present an empirical user study that considers these three interaction attributes together for a single task, such that we can quantify and compare the performances of each attribute.
Touch Usability

iDisplay-Brilliant Connection from Mac to iPhone, iPod touch

Review: iDisplay for iPad, iPhone is a really cool idea
At face value, iDisplay is a simply brilliant concept — use a wireless connection from a Mac to iPhone, iPod touch or iPad that turns the mobile device into a shared display. Just fire iDisplay up, drag an application onto the mobile device and then go to work.
shared display

Friday, April 16, 2010

Multitouch and Multiuser Table by Ideum

Update on Ideum: Multitouch, Multiuser Table at the California Science Center
Ideum is a company that has been around since 1999.  It focuses on the design and creation of "computer-based exhibits, multitouch installations, rich Internet applications, and social networking sites for museum and Web visitors."   Gestureworks is the software developed by Ideum, which is an authoring solution for Adobe Flash and Adobe Flex.
A video showing how Ideum's multi-touch table can withstand all sorts of heavy-duty treatment:
Interactive Multimedia Technology

Artificial Muscle Will Provide a Real Sense

Artificial Muscle ramps up production -- expect touchscreens that push back in 2011
 Last we heard from Artificial Muscle, the company was trying to convince hospitals, cell phone manufacturers and more that its technology -- a silicon film that expands and contracts with an applied voltage -- would provide a real sense of touch to their cold, hard touchscreens. On at least three counts, it has succeeded.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Let’s Make iPad Stylus

A DIY Soft Stylus for your iPad

LifeHacker is pointing to an article on Instructables that shows you how to take a static free sock, a pencil, and some sewing know how and create a soft stylus that might work well for an iPad or other capacitive device. I guess it beats using a sausage.

A DIY Soft Stylus for your iPad


Multi-Touch and Pen Hybrid UI - Manual Deskterity

Microsoft Shows Off Finger/Stylus Combo Multitouch Magic
For many touch screen applications, fingers are your best bet. For others, the precision of a stylus is required. Microsoft shows how using both in conjunction might be the best option of all, delivering users to digital scrapbook nirvana.

Laser Command: DIY Remote Touch with Laser Pointer

Using a laser pointer and a matrix LED as a two-dimensional input device

Carnegie Mellon Ph. D. candidate Eiji Hayashi has made an awesome gaming device using Arduiono and an 8 by 8 LED matrix array. Circuits and source codes are also avialble.

Laser Command from Eiji Hayashi on Vimeo.
via Make

Samsung NB30 Touch finger-friendly netbook outed

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Link: GUIFX – Touch Screen GUI Design Studio

Guifx  Embedded Touchscreen GUI Design and Home Automation User Interface Graphics

Guifx is an interface design studio specializing in touchscreens and embedded systems.

Dr. Ron Burnett Speaks About The Human Interface of Technology at CUTC10

3D Teleconferencing Demo, Scary.

It's really a cool tool for people you really hate.

Posted via web from touchuserinterface's posterous

New Interesting Technology of User Interface

The Future of User Interfaces
There’s still a long way to go and there are many possible directions that future interface designs could take. We’re already seeing some start to crop up and its exciting to think about how they’ll change our lives.
Army Mind-Control Projects
LG 19" Flexible Display
Six Revisions

Coming up iPhone 4.0

iPhone OS 4.0: The Best New Features
The curtain has been pulled back on iPhone 4, and the list of new features is massive: There's multitasking (finally!), a refreshed interface, and literally hundreds of other changes, all coming this summer. Here's the rundown.
New Features: Multitasking, App Folders and More
iPhone OS 4.0: The Best New Features

Liquavista Color eReader set to revolutionise the eReader Market

For technical details, consult Liquivista technology white paper:

Posted via web from touchuserinterface's posterous

Monday, April 12, 2010

Multi-finger Scrolling on a Windows laptop

Scrybe Adds Multi-Finger Scrolling and App Launching Gestures to Touchpads
Windows: We recently detailed two ways of getting Mac-like multi-finger scrolling on a Windows laptop, involving little open-source apps and hacked drivers. Touchpad giant Synaptics actually offers its own app, Scrybe, that provides multi-finger scrolling, along with gesture-style application launching.
Scrybe Adds Multi-Finger Scrolling and App Launching Gestures to Touchpads

Everyone can use iPad

A 2.5 Year-Old Uses an iPad for the First Time
My iPhone-savvy 2.5 year-old daughter held an iPad for the very first time last night, and it turned out to be an interesting user-interface experiment.
Laughing Squid

Touch User Interface Weekly Summary (2010-04-05 - 2010-04-12)

  • We can make Multi-touch Surface (Sun, 11 Apr 2010 14:15:57 +0000)
  • RT @sensoryminds: #bank of the future is so cool - #Robot-guides, #multitouch #wall & #Augmented #Reality #finance #AR (Sat, 10 Apr 2010 03:31:39 +0000)
  • RT @engadget: MIT Media Lab's Surround Vision brings virtual reality to a tablet (video) (Sat, 10 Apr 2010 03:30:41 +0000)
  • RT @crunchgear: Pen and finger interface on a Surface looks extremely Courier-like - (Sat, 10 Apr 2010 03:28:51 +0000)
  • Check this site if you are looking for well-organized documents on touch technologies (Fri, 09 Apr 2010 04:27:14 +0000)
  • RT @sixrevisions The Future of User Interfaces (Fri, 09 Apr 2010 03:21:11 +0000)
  • iPad == SOFA(See/Study, One handed, Family, Always connected) Device (Fri, 09 Apr 2010 01:53:45 +0000)
  • RT @khabar24 140" multi-touch screen FTIR #ftir #multitouch #screen (Fri, 09 Apr 2010 01:27:25 +0000)
  • Rumor swirls of Lenovo taking over Palm (Fri, 09 Apr 2010 01:25:25 +0000)
  • iPhone OS 4 versus Windows Phone 7: the tale of the tape From @engadget: (Fri, 09 Apr 2010 01:14:23 +0000)
  • RT @fastcompany: A side by side comparison of the new iPad e-Reader Apps (Thu, 08 Apr 2010 17:28:15 +0000)
  • RT @engadget: Apple granted design patent on Cover Flow (Thu, 08 Apr 2010 17:27:08 +0000)
  • RT @sensoryminds: Nice! - #Minority #Report is coming closer!: #wireless #glove #mouse (Thu, 08 Apr 2010 17:24:52 +0000)
  • RT @Gizmodo: iPhone OS 4: All the New Features #iphoneos4 #iphone (Thu, 08 Apr 2010 17:23:11 +0000)
  • Bill Buxton on Natural User Interface (Thu, 08 Apr 2010 15:52:13 +0000)
  • Nice Read: Measuring Multitarget Selection Efficiency on Touch Interfaces (Thu, 08 Apr 2010 15:41:25 +0000)
  • Testing mobile version of TUI (Thu, 08 Apr 2010 15:25:05 +0000)
  • Trying to apply new blog design template. (Thu, 08 Apr 2010 13:39:53 +0000)
  • Nice Read: Touching and Gesturing on the iPhone (Wed, 07 Apr 2010 13:37:24 +0000)
  • iPad Physical Object Interface and demo video (Wed, 07 Apr 2010 08:59:31 +0000)
  • iPad Teardown (Tue, 06 Apr 2010 15:25:37 +0000)
  • Nice Read: Mobile Touchscreen Cut and Paste Comparison (Tue, 06 Apr 2010 14:05:08 +0000)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Genesis of Multi-Touch


Reference: S. K. Lee, W. Buxton, and K. C. Smith, "A multi-touch three dimensional touch-sensitive tablet," in Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems San Francisco, California, United States: ACM Press, 1985.

Multi-User Multi-Touch Risk Game

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Monday, April 5, 2010

Touch User Interface Weekly Summary (2010-03-29 - 2010-04-05)

  • Call for participating with 5th ACM Conference (Sun, 04 Apr 2010 17:09:57 +0000)
  • Poker at mobile phone through multi-touch (Sun, 04 Apr 2010 16:52:07 +0000)
  • WePad which is a new rival of Apple's iPad (Sun, 04 Apr 2010 16:09:18 +0000)
  • Feel the touchscreen with "Artificial Muscle" (Sun, 04 Apr 2010 15:29:37 +0000)
  • Your body will be touchscreen by Skinput (Sun, 04 Apr 2010 14:45:13 +0000)
  • Apple's first step to External Light Illumination of Display Screens (Sun, 04 Apr 2010 13:21:39 +0000)
  • RT @engadget: Glove Mouse project gives 'pinch to zoom' a new meaning (video) (Wed, 31 Mar 2010 16:46:52 +0000)
  • RT @TATMobileUI: Touch screens that push back in 2011 from Artificial Muscle: (Tue, 30 Mar 2010 16:20:28 +0000)
  • RT @fastcompany: The Tablet Computer 20 yrs in the making: the iPad circa 1989 (Tue, 30 Mar 2010 04:00:08 +0000)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Call for participating with 5th ACM Conference

5th Annual ACM Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces 2010

The Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces 2010 Conference (ITS) is a
premiere venue for presenting research in the design and use of new
and emerging tabletop and interactive surface technologies. As a new community, we embrace the growth of the discipline in a wide variety of areas, including innovations in ITS hardware, software, design, and projects expanding our understanding of design considerations of ITS technologies and of their applications.


Poker at mobile phone through multi-touch

Poker surface on youtube - 5000 hits in a day

A video describing the poker surface is available in youtube. It is an implementation of a poker game on a combination of a multi-touch table and mobile phones, for details see [1].

Albrecht Schmidt

WePad which is a new rival of Apple’s iPad

Apple iPad? How about a little German innovation instead

The Neofonie WePad has similar form and function as the wet dreams of our Crunchgear editors, but facts are that the German Android device has a bigger multitouch screen and a faster CPU than the iPad. Also it runs Flash, has USB ports, an inbuilt card reader and expandable memory. Additionally it allows complete multitasking and has a webcam. Beat that baby.



Feel the touchscreen with “Artificial Muscle”

Artificial 'muscles' may pump up touch-screen typing

A Sunnyvale company called Artificial Muscle says its thin plastic "muscle" can push a glass screen ever so slightly, nudging back on a texting finger to create the sensation of typing on a real keyboard.

If the tactile feedback is realistic enough, the technology could add momentum behind touch-screen devices in a market where keyboard phones like the BlackBerry are struggling to keep customers from switching.

 How Artificial Muscle works


Saturday, April 3, 2010

Your body will be touchscreen by Skinput

“Skinput” allows your skin to become your touchscreen

We could soon be using our own skin as a type of touchscreen to interact with our gadgets if “Skinput” ever gets to market.

Skinput is basically a system of using a tiny projector to display a screen onto your forearm or hand which you can then tap with your finger to navigate menus.

Hands will be able to become a touchscreen


Apple’s first step to External Light Illumination of Display Screens

Apple Display Patent Enslaves Sun

An Apple patent application published Thursday describes a variety of techniques for capturing light from external sources to either replace or supplement traditional backlighting of electronic-device displays.


Inside a manifold, 'reflecting cones' (410) supported by LEDs (60) distribute light 



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