Monday, May 31, 2010

Samsung unveils U250 and U200 Multitouch All-In-One PCs

Samsung Announces U250 and U200 Multitouch All-In-One PCs
“Samsung officially unveiled their new 23-inch U250 and 20-inch U200 all-in-one PCs.”
Samsung U200

Touch User Interface Weekly Summary(2010-05-24 - 2010-05-31)

  • Apple’s new idea-iWatch (Sun, 30 May 2010 15:01:00 +0000)
  • It's all in the interdisciplinary work. RT @Canesta: Going beyond multi-touch you need hardward too.RT (cont) (Sun, 30 May 2010 05:37:20 +0000)
  • HP announce Pavilion Dv6 Touchscreen Laptop (Sat, 29 May 2010 15:07:34 +0000)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Apple’s new idea-iWatch

Apple iWatch - Concept watch with touchscreen and pico-projector
“Designers of ADR Studio presented a very nice concept called Apple iWatch. His name, indeed, Apple style, and, as you might guess, this watch. Apple iWatch is a wristwatch with a touch screen and built-in pico-projector. The device is enclosed in aluminum housing and the shape and appearance, in general, resembles miniature iPad. The display, according to the designer's idea can be displayed not only time but also the weather forecast, also available in RSS reader. “
IT Chuiko

Saturday, May 29, 2010

HP announce Pavilion Dv6 Touchscreen Laptop

HP Presents ‘HP Pavilion Dv6′ with Touchscreen Feature
“HP announces the latest notebook into its Pavilion series. The new HP notebook has been named as HP Pavilion Dv6. This cool HP laptop comes with really good features which carry the touchscreen feature.”
HP Pavilion Dv6
9 Computer Store

Thursday, May 27, 2010

ASUS’s All-In-One Touchscreen PC

New From ASUS – Touchscreen All-In-One
“ASUS has unveiled its latest addition to its Eee PC range.  The ASUS Eee Top PC ET2010 is one inch thick all-in-one desktop machine, which can also be mounted on a wall if space is at a real premium.”
ASUS All-In-One PC

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Kevin Arthur on Evaluation of Touch Gesture Usability

Kevin Arthur has shared slides about evaluating touch gesture usability for his presentation at UPA2010.

Link: Slides from Gesture Usability Presentation (UPA 2010)

Gesture Controlled Kitchen Tap

Spatial Interaction from Jasper Dekker on Vimeo.

Designer Jasper Dekker proposed so called a spatial interaction touchless kitchen tap. A user can control the intensity of water flow and choose hot and cold water with simple touch gestures.

This is yet a concept design. But I found a commercial version of the above conceptual touch-controlled tap. Although it doesn’t provide rich touch gesture interactions but I think it’s enough to call it touch faucet.

Link: Magic Trick Number 420 – Water Flow, Yanko Design

Merel Technologies - Provider of LCD Multi-Touch Technology

Unlike other multitouch companies, Merel Technologies provides LCD multitouch hardware with accompanying solutions including App store. In addtion, product prices are acceptable. 32" version costs 3200USD and the price of 42" version is 4200USD.

Eye-Tracking Interfaces Look for Killer App

It's a good overview of current status and trends of eye tracking technologies

Posted via web from touchuserinterface's posterous

Electric Touch Screen

I guess that its operating principle is well compatible with that of capacitive touchscreens. Haptic feedback for future iPhone?

Updated May 27, 2010
The above haptic touch screen by Toshiba takes use of Senseg's E-Sense™ technology.

Could this be the wrist computer of 2020?

Sony artacTable with 3D multitouch due June 2010

Sony's 35-inch atracTable to be 'industrialized' in June, show Microsoft how it's done (video)
“Swiss company Atracsys swims in the same waters as Microsoft's mythical Surface beast -- namely, multitouch horizontal displays -- but where it might differ from its more lauded competitor is in actually bringing its hardware to wider markets. Having sold the tech knowhow to Sony, the company is today informing the world that its atracTable is ready for mass production and commercialization this June. We've been told that prototype designs are now "finished," leaving only the marketing, pricing and distribution details to be worked out. A high-contrast, Full HD screen is promised, which will be able to communicate with your mobile devices (naturally) or respond to motion input picked up by a pair of Sony's camcorders which come built in. Skip past the break for a couple of video demos from last year.”

Office of the Future

Don't be surprised by this astonishing office of the future video :D


Compare the above video clip with this Future Multitouch Meeting Room found at The Future Interactions Network.

Future Multitouch Meeting Room from Oli Mival on Vimeo.

Open Source Gesture Library

Check out this open source gesture library at GestureWorks.

Open Source Gesture Library

Illustrations provided by Gestureworks

Touchless Motion Sensor

Silicon Labs Touchless Slider Demo

Link: QuickSense™ Touchless Slider Evaluation Kit

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Google Buys 3D Multitouch Software Maker BumpTop

Google Buys BumpTop: 3-D Multitouch Tablet Interface on the Way?
“Is there a tablet in Google’s future with a three-dimensional, multitouch user interface? It’s increasingly likely, given that the search giant has just acquired BumpTop, a startup whose unique software creates a 3-D environment where users can toss files and folders around as though they were playing cards, stack them in related piles and “hang” them on the virtual walls. If Google is working on an iPad-style tablet, as many believe that it is, a BumpTop-style interface would be dramatic departure from the typical 2-D app/icon approach, and could provide a significant alternative to the look and feel of Apple’s iPad.”

Monday, May 24, 2010

Touch Monolith

It’s a tall touch display monolith exhibited at Shanghai World Expo by Tharsis Software.

Tharsis Shanhai


Tharsis Shanhai


Exposition Universelle à Shanghai (Totem interactif) from Tharsis-Software on Vimeo.


[Thanks, Arnaud]

Samsung Monte Smartphone With Partner O2

Samsung Partners With O2 On "Iron Man" Monte Smartphone
“Korean phone giant Samsung has teamed up with O2 to launch a special edition of its Monte smartphone that will feature exclusive content to coincide with the release of Marvel's Iron Man 2.”
Samsung Partners With O2 On "Iron Man" Monte Smartphone

Capacitive Touch Screens Go Large

Usually, (projected) capacitive touch screens are used for small display devices. It’s mainly due to EMI (electro-magnetic interference) problem when the touch screens become large. Even though such a difficulty, some companies have showed off large capacitive multi-touch touch screens in the market and media. Here are two examples.


MONTE DA CAPARICA, PORTUGAL and SUNNYVALE, CA – MAY 24, 2010 – YDreams and Canesta Inc. today announced a partnership that has the potential to redefine augmented reality and bring it to the broad market.

“Augmented reality will change the way we market and use products, communicate and entertain ourselves,” said Ivan Franco YDreams´ R&D Director. “But, to date, implementing augmented reality solutions has only been possible with very specialized techniques. By working together with Canesta, we look forward to making augmented reality a part of everyday life.”

YDreams has been working on Natural User Interfaces (NUI) for more than 9 years for some of the largest corporations in the world. To do this, the company has developed a sophisticated proprietary software platform, combining multiple advanced technologies such as computer vision, physics simulation, artificial intelligence and several others.

“One of the most difficult aspects of designing NUI applications has been to create a sense of real world interactions. We envision consumers naturally browsing through digital catalogs, adding to the user experience of ecommerce or being inside movies, delivered by IPTV platforms.”

Until now Augmented Reality has delivered limited applications to the general public, mostly offering 3-D objects on top of visually obtrusive markers. By using Canesta’s 3-D vision sensors, YDreams applications can do real-time capture of any object in 3-D, without the aid of any special markers or enhancements. “This completely changes the scope of where and how augmented reality can be used,” said Franco.

“YDreams is among the world’s leading organizations in developing augmented reality experiences,” said Jim Spare, president and CEO of Canesta. “By combining our mass market 3-D input sensors with YDreams’ expertise, we will see broad uses of these formerly very specialized applications. This will change how immersive and realistic so many kinds of communications and interactions will become.”

A video of a demo developed by YDreams can be viewed online at YDreams’ official YouTube channel ( and it will be possible to experience the technology live at the ARE2010 event ( on June 2-3, in Santa Clara, CA.

About YDreams

YDreams ( is a global company that is redefining the concept of interactivity, with a focus on the exciting field of Augmented Reality technologies. Over the last few years YDreams has been developing full-scale interactive environments (from stores to exhibitions), products and intellectual property, combining technology and design.

YDreams researches and develops proprietary/patented technologies in areas such as image processing, augmented reality and gesture-based interfaces, resulting in best of breed solutions that are integrated into projects and products, or licensed to partners.

YDreams has developed over 500 projects for clients all over the world, such as Adidas, Vodafone, Nokia, TMN, Barclays, Coca-Cola, Santander, BBC, JCDecaux, IDEO, among others, and partnerships with Microsoft, Siemens, Geodan, Grupo Portucel Soporcel, Sonae Indústria, Corticeira Amorim, among others.

YDreams was founded in 2000, with headquarters in Monte da Caparica, Portugal, and offices in Barcelona, Spain; Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil.

About Canesta

Canesta ( is the inventor of revolutionary, low cost electronic perception technology and leading provider of single chip CMOS 3-D sensors that fundamentally change the relationship between devices and their users. This capability makes possible “the other side of 3-D” – true 3-D perception as input to everyday devices, rather than the widely understood 3-D representational technologies as output. Canesta’s 3-D input technology, based upon tiny, CMOS 3-D imaging chips or “sensors”, enables fine-grained, 3-dimensional depth-perception in a wide range of applications. Products based on this capability can then react on sight to the actions or motions of individuals and objects in their field of view, gaining levels of functionality and ease of use that were simply not possible in an era when such devices were blind. Canesta’s focus is on mass market consumer electronics, but many applications exist in other markets as well. Some of Canesta’s customers and partners include Hitachi, Honda, Optex, Optronic, Quanta, SMSC, and others which have yet to be announced.

Canesta is located in Sunnyvale, CA. The company has filed in excess of fifty patents, 41 of which have been granted so far

YDreams is a trademark of YDreams - Informática, S.A., registered in the US and other countries.

Canesta is a trademark of Canesta Inc., registered in the US and other countries.

Other company names above may also be trademarks of their respective owners, of which no trademark symbol omission is intended.

MIIT’s Cute Data Glove

This is only hardware to implement data-glove system

MIT student Robert Wang has built a data glove-based gestural interface. The data glove used is a very painted normal glove. So, only components you need for gestural interface are glove and cameras. The system is really cute. The idea is cute, clever, and funny!

Link: MIT via Popular Science

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Touch User Interface Weekly Summary(2010-05-17 - 2010-05-24)

  • Samsung Wave Uses Atmel Touch Solution for Multi-Touch (Sun, 23 May 2010 22:11:23 +0000)
  • Testing Multi Touch Vista with MTMini on Windows 7. It works pretty well. (Sat, 22 May 2010 11:57:19 +0000)
  • Inking on iPad with Palm Rejection (Sat, 22 May 2010 09:52:35 +0000)

Samsung Wave Uses Atmel Touch Solution for Multi-Touch

I found it Atmel’s press release:

“… the 10-touch mXT224 which Samsung is using it its Wave smartphone …”

Samsung Wave Multi-Touch

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Inking on iPad with Palm Rejection

I found two iPad note taking apps with palm rejection capability. The palm rejection capability is crucial to implement note taking applications on tablets such as iPad.






Link: GottaBeMobile

Multi-Touch Heaven


Microsoft Research has showed off “Pinch-the-Sky Dome” that you can control images projected inside a tilted geodesic dome.



Friday, May 21, 2010

Gestural Entertainment Center for Canesta

This is a video of gestural interaction designed for Canesta by Kicker Studio. In-depth story of designing the interface is found here.

Cruiser Surface Computing Interface

Cruiser is a pen-based table top interface supporting social sharing of digital contents.

Link: CHAI

Pros and Cons of Gestural User Interfaces

Pasta&Vinegar’ blog has a summary of pros and cons of gestural interfaces:

  • Natural Interaction
  • Direct Interaction
  • Terse and Powerful Interaction
  • Fatigue
  • Non Self-Revealing
  • Immersion Syndrome:
  • Segmentation of Physical Actions
Immersion syndrome refers to the inadvertent or unintended triggering of device operations. Capacitive touch screens often suffer from this problem.

Segmentation of physical actions was not a serious problem in the era of single-touch touch screens. In the period, there were a small number of gestures and gesture themselves are simple and easy to remember such as tap, double-tap. As time goes by, interfaces now provide so many natural multi-touch gestures. It's a source of headaches for developers and users. Users have to remember gesture vocabularies and developers have to provide a reliable gesture recognition algorithm that robustly differentiates many gestures in real-time.

Link: Lift Seminar @ Imaginove about gestural interfaces via Touch Usability

iPad’s Practical Use

Drawing on the Apple Ipad

Thursday, May 20, 2010

HP Buys Palm for $1.2 bilion

HP Buys Palm: Pissed, Focused & Ready For Apple & Microsoft
“Wall Street closed yesterday with a major announcement, HP buys Palm for $5.70 per share, amounting to $1.2 billion. Both companies reported that the deal was expected to conclude by July end.”
Apple HP iPod

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Apple’s Future Multitouch Plans

 Apple's latest patent outlines the future of multitouch
“The latest Apple patent on multitouch gestures gives a good idea of the possible ways in which we will all be interacting with our touchscreen slates, laptops and Macs in the future.”
Future of multi-touch

Nice Read: Cursor Affordances

Cursor Affordances


Jakub Linowski has posted an article about affordance for the cursor with a live example. Here is an excerpt:

“I’ve seen users struggle to realize when additional interactions are possible. This I think is largely due to a lack of cues. Hence, these little cursor accordances aim to provide additional contextual symbols that float alongside the cursor.”

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

LinnStrument – A Multi-Touch Musical Instrument

Inventor Roger Linn has showed off a musical instrument called LinnStrument. Multi-touch goes everywhere.




via Mashable

Increasing US E-book market

New research: US E-reader content market to reach $33 billion in 2020
mediaIDEAS has published a new research into the growth and value of the US market for e-readers paid content. According to the report, at the end of 2014, the US user base of e-readers will have grown aggressively to nearly 45 million, and the market for all categories of content sold for these devices will have increased to approximately $10.86 billion. And, by 2020, this e-reader content market will have risen to more than $33 billion.”

Monday, May 17, 2010

Project Natal of smartphones

Japanese Show Off Gesture-Controlled Phone For Natal-Style Emailing
“Between various patents and even a bog-standard Sony Ericsson, we've already thought about the possibilities of gesture-controlled phones. The University of Tokyo, in typical form, has taken it one step forward and released a video showing some sweet Natal-like possibilities.”
Japanese Show Off Gesture-Controlled Phone For Natal-Style Emailing

Touch User Interface Weekly Summary (2010-05-10 - 2010-05-17)

  • RT @hackaday: New post: Human Tetris: object tracking on an 8-bit microcontroller (Sun, 16 May 2010 14:49:26 +0000)
  • RT @i4unews: The Kno: A Dual-Screen Tablet (Sun, 16 May 2010 14:46:03 +0000)
  • RT @Tableteer: RT @SilverlightNews: My Thoughts on the Windows Phone 7 - (Sun, 16 May 2010 14:45:48 +0000)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Off-the-shelf Infrared Pen

IR Great Innovation sells off-the-shelf infrared (IR) pen for Wiimote whiteboards. I guess that the IR pens can be used to build one’s own DIY pen/multi-touch hybrid system such as MS’s Manual Deskterity.



Manual Deskterity

Touch User Interface Papers (2010-05-16)





Source Title

Using a touch screen computer to support relationships between people with dementia and caregivers

Astell, A.J., Ellis, M.P., Bernardi, L., Alm, N., Dye, R., Gowans, G., Campbell, J.


Interacting with Computers
Article in Press

An universal remote controller with haptic interface for home devices

Kim, L., Park, W., Cho, H., Park, S.


ICCE 2010 - 2010 Digest of Technical Papers International Conference on Consumer Electronics,
art. no. 5418849, pp. 209-210.

Design of a scalable interactive table system with power line communication

Lee, Y.-T., Lien, C.-H., Huang, C.-H., Mao, C.-C.


ICCE 2010 - 2010 Digest of Technical Papers International Conference on Consumer Electronics,
art. no. 5418725, pp. 475-476.

Device structure of low coordinate distortion touch panel sensor using resistive films with electromagnetic wave shield effect

Harada, N., Kawakami, R., Yoneda, T.


IEEJ Transactions on Sensors and Micromachines,
130 (2) pp. 31-37.

Force-sensitive rubbery user interface using an LCD and photoelasticity

Sato, T., Mamiya, H., Koike, H., Fukuchi, K.


Computer Software,
27 (1) pp. 37-47.

A touch screen button size and spacing study with older adults

Lavictoire, M., Everhart, N.


Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics),
5614 LNCS (PART 1) pp. 261-262.


Remark: You need Scopus access right to open the links of the above papers.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Touch Papers of the Week (2010-05-14)




Source Title

12x12 Capacitive matrix touch sensing unit for SoC application in 0.18um CMOS process

Nam, C., Pu, Y.-G., Lee, K.-Y.


2009 International SoC Design Conference, ISOCC 2009,
art. no. 5423788, pp. 305-308.

Implemantation and evaluation of the gesture interface for object based e-learning system

Nagata, K., Dounoue, S., Koshi, K., Miyoshi, M., Kiyota, K.


2009 4th International Conference on Innovative Computing, Information and Control, ICICIC 2009,
art. no. 5412258, pp. 409-412.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Touch User Interface Weekly Summary (2010-05-03 - 2010-05-10)

  • I like MS's concept. RT @Canesta: What do you think?Microsoft thinks people still want to use styluses on touchscreens (Sat, 08 May 2010 01:03:11 +0000)
  • RT @MOTOSF: Impressive demo of potential use of iPad: (Fri, 07 May 2010 17:22:20 +0000)
  • Windows 7 Multi touch Pack is released (Fri, 07 May 2010 15:02:07 +0000)

Friday, May 7, 2010

Windows 7 Multi touch Pack is released

Download Windows 7 Multi-touch Pack Now
“Microsoft has announced Microsoft Touch Pack for the Windows 7 loaded notebooks with touch-support. In May 2009, Microsoft had announced that it will bring new Touch Pack of six applications for multi-touch supporting netbooks with Windows 7 available only through notebook makers. Obviously, this Touch Pack will work only with multi-touch supporting notebooks or netbooks. The Touch function has been built into the deep codes of Windows 7.”
Multi touch on notebook

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Dell’s Tablet Plans with touchscreen and Android

Leaked: Dell’s Lightning, Thunder, Smoke Phones Plus Tablet
“Engadget has exposed what it asserts to be the leaked documents, giving detailed information about the 5-inch multitouch Dell Streak tablet, which is also known as the Dell Mini 5 and Dell's 7-inch multitouch tablet doohickey, which is known as the Looking Glass.”

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Xperia X10’s Multitouch is frustrated

XPERIA X10 with Android 2.1 and multitouch will be released in September
“According to a public announcement of Sony Ericsson and an unofficial report from a cell phone website based in the United Kingdom, the XPERIA X10 will have Android 2.1 and multi-touch support and will appear in the second half of this year. The release is expected for September and is far enough to make the update insufficiently attractive to lure buyers away from handsets like the HTC Incredible and HTC Evo 4G, both of them having similar specifications to the XPERIA X10, but sporting larger screens or more recent software.”

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

BlackBerry OS 6.0 supports Multitouch

BlackBerry OS 6.0 Images, Details Surface
“Earlier in February it was reported that Research in Motion's BlackBerry OS 6.0 was in the making. Now, BoyGeniusReport has acquired the first screenshots and some details of the OS. A redesigned homescreen, multi-touch gesture support for touchscreen handsets, and system-wide kinetic scrolling are few of the many features unleashed in the major upgrade. RIM is expected to reveal BlackBerry OS 6.0 at the WES 2010 symposium starting April 27, while it will be released sometime in June or July. Hey, that's when the iPhone OS 4.0 update is expected too!”

Monday, May 3, 2010

Linux gets Multitouch by Synaptics

5Chrome OS, Linux to get multi-touch
“Human interface solutions developer Synaptics Inc. on Monday announced it has made its Synaptics Gesture Suite available for Linux-based devices. This move brings multi-touch support to the open source operating system for the first time. Synaptics currently offers its multi-touch interface in Windows-based TouchPad devices.”

Touch User Interface Weekly Summary(2010-04-26 - 2010-05-03)

  • Another acquisition. Google wants to have its own GUI? RT @engadget: BumpTop acquired by Google, no longer available (Sun, 02 May 2010 20:01:32 +0000)
  • Review : iPhone & iPad e-book app (Fri, 30 Apr 2010 15:10:48 +0000)
  • List of #Windows7 #multitouch hardwares (Fri, 30 Apr 2010 02:02:32 +0000)
  • Looks like a variation of capacitive buttons RT @TechCrunch: Apple Patents The Invisible Button - by @erickschonfeld (Fri, 30 Apr 2010 01:29:33 +0000)
  • New way of thumb typing for Tablets (Fri, 30 Apr 2010 01:18:00 +0000)
  • Microsoft has killed Courier. It's time to buy iPad. (Fri, 30 Apr 2010 01:06:23 +0000)
  • iRex DR800SG is the fastest Ereader. RT @paulkbiba: Ereader speed tests by Laptop Magazine - (Thu, 29 Apr 2010 15:34:30 +0000)
  • You can get Mac-like Scrolling on Windows labtop (Thu, 29 Apr 2010 15:15:49 +0000)
  • RT @azaaza: HP aquires Palm for $1.2 billion. (Thu, 29 Apr 2010 02:31:36 +0000)
  • Intelligence: Apple's next UI breakthrough? RT @i4unews: Apple buys Siri; Siri your virtual Personal Assistant (cont) (Thu, 29 Apr 2010 01:08:16 +0000)
  • RT @Canesta: RT @gizmodo Japanese Show Off Gesture-Controlled Phone For Natal-Style Emailing - Gesture Controll.. (Wed, 28 Apr 2010 16:24:09 +0000)
  • RT @jeremyfeeds: Does Apple Really Own Multitouch?
  • Fast Company (Wed, 28 Apr 2010 15:36:25 +0000)
  • Gaming and Home Computing technology adopt Touch Screen after iPad (Wed, 28 Apr 2010 15:04:06 +0000)
  • Two-eyed mouse (Wed, 28 Apr 2010 13:38:18 +0000)
  • Nokia now has cool #multitouch smartphone (Wed, 28 Apr 2010 13:34:50 +0000)
  • Latest Mobile Trend (Tue, 27 Apr 2010 15:34:15 +0000)
  • MultiTouch by Multiple people (Mon, 26 Apr 2010 15:05:44 +0000)
  • Touch User Interface Weekly Summary(2010-04-19 - 2010-04-26) (Mon, 26 Apr 2010 02:56:51 +0000)


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