Archive for May, 2007

Microsoft’s Milan Multi-touch Tabletop PC

Microsoft recently hit the news circuit with an announcement of a new class of devices that feature touchscreen interfaces that allow for multiple simultaneous touchpoints. The project is called Microsoft Surface. Here’s the ZDNet story on it. And here’s a nice video of the system.

I have been following the development of multi-touch display technology for a few years. I ran into the technology at SIGGRAPH a few years ago and each year have seen major advances. The project was based at NYU and was recently spun off into a private company called Perceptive Pixel. The NYU software ran on Linux (I seem to remember).

I wonder if they will be able to get their systems to consumers at a reasonable price sooner than Microsoft. Either way, I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on one of these things.

Mike Wesch’s “Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us”

If you haven’t seen this already, take a look. Mike Wesch at Kansas State University really boils down the ways the web has been changing over the last couple of years.