Multi-touch interfaces – now and a vision from the past

We’re involved in some interesting projects applying multitouch to the design of new control systems – hopefully we’ll be able to post something on these soon.  But in the meantime we thought it was interesting to compare one of the current systems – Microsoft Surface…

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…with this video we came across of a long forgotten idea from Sun in 1994 for future systems called Starfire.

 
It’s a big desk but there’s lots there that isn’t a million miles away – touch interaction, video-conferencing, instant messaging, collaborative working environments on documents, scanning & embedded information into other media, 3D modelling and texture mapping, etc.  Maybe we still have some way to go on voice control & telepresence.
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