Microsoft Research shows off "Pen + Touch" input (VIDEO)

Sure, we've seen plenty of multi-touch implementations on the Microsoft Surface and other Microsoft projects (read Courier), but this one, brought to our attention by Long Zheng of iStartedSomething, breathes new life into the already creative world of multi-touch. While pen and touch each offer their own powerful capabilities, the combination of two presents endless possibilities. Microsoft is calling it "Manual Deskterity"--an obvious pun on "manual dexterity."

In the video below, you will see Microsoft demoing the use of fingers and a pen at the same time. Notice how the Surface is able to distinguish between the two. In the real world, doing both actions together is a no-brainer. Microsoft is aiming to recreate that natural interaction within its software. Such power will enable users to do what was never before possible in a digital world. This concept would work amazingly with Microsoft's upcoming Courier--an obvious choice for such an implementation.

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Microsoft research has some amazing things for a long time, if they all come to life for everyone to use at affordable price, we would probably living in "Minority Report" world now!

Well, MS Surface is run on top of Windows 7, so this means that the Courier will probably run Windows (maybe Windows 8 by the time it's released). We'll see how this plays out.

Omen1393 said,
Well, MS Surface is run on top of Windows 7, so this means that the Courier will probably run Windows (maybe Windows 8 by the time it's released). We'll see how this plays out.

I think Courier will run Metro UI. At least it's what we can assume from the 2 brief videos about that device.

Edited by DaveGreen, Apr 9 2010, 7:10pm :

DaveGreen said,

I think Courier will run Metro UI. At least it's what we can assume from the 2 brief videos about that device.

I agree. Perhaps some Windows Phone 7 stuff under the hood... I don't think this would be Windows 8...

It'd be ridiculous if Microsoft didn't include such features in whatever multi-touch product that they are supposedly working on.

neoxphuse said,
the courier better have this, i know this could be the most kickass product ever made.

Yeah, I can't wait for The Courier... And I hope the name sticks too... lol

I can see Apple watch this video, copy it, rush a product, release it, claim that it's their innovation thus destroying Microsoft's marketing prospectives and credit and then after is all said and done, then they will start focusing on product faults with second and third generation releases.

Titoist said,
I can see Apple watch this video, copy it, rush a product, release it, claim that it's their innovation thus destroying Microsoft's marketing prospectives and credit and then after is all said and done, then they will start focusing on product faults with second and third generation releases.

That'd just be funny though, as Jobs already said a stylus is a failure in technology...

neufuse said,

That'd just be funny though, as Jobs already said a stylus is a failure in technology...

He said the same thing about tablets as well.... hes not really a man of his word, but more of a man of many words.....

neufuse said,
That'd just be funny though, as Jobs already said a stylus is a failure in technology...

A stylus would be. But if it was an iPen then it would be revolutionary.

protocol7 said,

... iPen ...

lol.
+1
an iPen would be the best thing ever and destroy the competition. Stylus be damned, time to grow up and use your iPen.

bushbrother said,
Very nice, not sure if I personally would ever use it, but this can only lead to good things

Yeah, I think more interesting than this video would be "What will this technology show up in?" Courier is a safe bet I think... But this clearly won't be something that will stand on its own.

Elliott said,
Pretty cool for artists, but I can't see myself using this.

apparently, you are not an artist..and, you don't take notes...

zagor said,

apparently, you are not an artist..and, you don't take notes...

I can probably touch type a lot faster than I can hand write something. It may be for some but not everyone. My fear is that the pen will be a requirement as oppose to an optional device and may be abused by UI designers.

Shadrack said,

I can probably touch type a lot faster than I can hand write something.

Depends on what you're writing.

If I'm working out the transfer function of a particular circuit, there's no way in hell I could type out those equations faster than I could write them.

MioTheGreat said,

Depends on what you're writing.

If I'm working out the transfer function of a particular circuit, there's no way in hell I could type out those equations faster than I could write them.

the transfer function can be express as a matrix and I think I could type that faster .

Shadrack said,

I can probably touch type a lot faster than I can hand write something. It may be for some but not everyone. My fear is that the pen will be a requirement as oppose to an optional device and may be abused by UI designers.

I hope the pen isn't a requirement also, but the tech is still very nice and could be very useful.

TheRackow said,
this should just be more proof that courier exists. the tech is there just please release it!

People have said that it's real and it's probably coming later this year.

You know the old saying, good things come to those who wait.

GP007 said,

People have said that it's real and it's probably coming later this year.

You know the old saying, good things come to those who wait.

Yeah, I can't wait for it either. I really want an announcement from Microsoft showing off more about it. If priced reasonably, I would definitely get one...