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Hands-on with Surface Computer and other multi-touch devices at SIGGRAPH 2007

I don’t know what I was thinking, but I missed out on SIGGRAPH this year. I particularly wanted to go to get a first hand opportunity to try out Microsoft’s Surface computer. Here’s a video of the Surface device that one of the attendees recorded and posted to YouTube:

So cool. Look at all the different people try to resize images at the same time. It gets my brain thinking about how I could modify MathPractice for a very unique and different experience. I realize that the Surface computer is being targetted towards other markets, but maybe someday. Someday.

uichirow is the photographer of this video and has a couple other recordings that you can check out here.

JazzMutant was also displaying their Dexter multi-touch mixer. From what I understand the digitizer uses a resistive technology. I’m curious to give it a try. After using the iPhone’s capacitive touch, I’m leaning towards capacitive as the way to go for multi-touch. It’s so much more responsive and it appears to be more precise. Here again, the real way to tell is to give it a go and SIGGRAPH would have been the place to try it out.

Multi-touch sounds like it was a hot topic at SIGGRAPH, but there were other new technologies I would have liked to check out, such as the latest version of he E Ink devices. I’ve seen them before, but each time they seem to be getting better and better. Larger, higher resolution, more vibrant. Anderlanglands.com has some photos here of the E Ink e-book as well as several of the other emerging technology exhibits.

I’m kicking myself, why did I miss SIGGRAPH?

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