Want to see a MultiTouch laptop?

Channel 9's Charles Torre has put together half an hour of footage of his trip to Microsoft Research in the UK where he got to take a look at some of Microsoft's work behind MultiTouch laptops and LCD monitors. During the video, he gets to know the scientists behind MultiTouch: Shahram Izadi, Alex Butler, and Steve Hodges as well as the thought behind it, and what makes it different from Microsoft's Surface Computer. "Tune in and learn about the Who, What, How and Why behind MSR's innovative MultiTouch. It's pretty amazing and, surprisingly, not incredibly complicated technology." I've clipped out the 3 minutes (right click => save target as to download) where the actual proof of concept prototype is showed off, but the whole video is a quite interesting one in itself, so I suggest you watch it, if you have over 500MB to spare!

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News source: Channel 9

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interesting, according to wikipedia, Apple is trying to get the term 'multitouch' registered as their own trademark ... and now here its being touted as 'microsoft's multitouch' ??

'i can actually start to stretch the image out in a sort of typical multi touch scaling interaction that that that , that you would, that you would get with these kinds of technologies'

carmatic said,
interesting, according to wikipedia, Apple is trying to get the term 'multitouch' registered as their own trademark ... and now here its being touted as 'microsoft's multitouch' ??

'i can actually start to stretch the image out in a sort of typical multi touch scaling interaction that that that , that you would, that you would get with these kinds of technologies'


Well multitouch dates back to the mid 80's. In fact, almost two decades before the iphone researchers at xerox (ironic ain't it?) demonstrated scaling and pinching with two fingers on a tabletop display.


Its possible to have some unique spelling perhaps.

1992 research concept video of a future gui interface allowing pinching, stretching, etc:
http://www.asktog.com/starfire/index.html

-d

yep, multitouch (photo "pinching", etc) have been researched and demonstrated many years before either the table or iphone, and none of the research originated at apple.

What iphone gets credit for is bringing these innovations to the consumer (just as Jobs did with the mouse and windowing interfaces). Jobs playing up multitouch to his frothy apple goobs just angers a lot of us :)

-d

yes..especially sad when Surface had that feature BEFORE iPhone did.

On that note, Apple is actually pushing for making "multi-touch" its trademark [http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/07/07/06/apple_pushing_for_multi_touch_trademark.html]....sorta BS since Microsoft Research has been leading multitouch technology long before.

cha0s said,
Seen it before.....when it was in "Minority Report"

In "Minority Report" he never actually touches the screen. It's more like multi-hover or multi-point.