Posts Tagged ‘multi-touch’

Nexus One Update Brings Multi-Touch

February 3, 2010

Google has issued a software update for its Nexus One smartphone, patching a few notable issues. Perhaps most welcome of these updates is the introduction of more intuitive multi-touch controls in more applications.

When Google first launched the Nexus One, it was generally received well, and seen to be a very fine device indeed, though among fans the lack of some fairly simple multi-touch controls that many knew the device was capable of was somewhat baffling. Now though, Google has addressed those concerns with the announcement of its most recent update to the Nexus One on its Nexus One Board. Those gesture controls that were missing, namely the altogether very usable “pinch-to-zoom” have now been added to the device’s Browser, Gallery and Maps applications.

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Google Working on Tablet PC?

February 2, 2010

It seems that the tablet rumour-mill hasn’t quite given up the ghost with Apple’s announcement. The latest rumour, with some fairly strong evidence from Google’s own staff…

Well.. everything looks nice as concept art 😉

According to TechCrunch reports, it seems that some concept shots were posted to Google’s Chromium page, detailing a little of what we might expect to see from a Google tablet if and when the company decides to roll one out. While there have been plenty of people quick to point out that Google doesn’t actually own Chromium (since it’s all open sourced) it’s worth noting that the concept art was posted by Google’s Chrome designer, Glen Murphy.

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More Details on Misa’s Digital Guitar

January 21, 2010

While some images of the Misa Digital Guitar have been swimming about online over the past week, very few details regarding its actual capabilities have leaked out. However, Hackaday.com have grabbed a few nuggets of info today and far from being a throwaway toy for a rich kid there seems to be some decent work done underneath the neat exterior.

Looks like something yer man from Muse would play. Hopefully sounds better than them though...

“The body, machined out of ABS, looks like a guitar. The player puts theirs hands in the same places you would on a guitar but the lack of strings make it something different. The left had manipulates inputs in the form of 144 sensors, six in each of the twenty-four fret positions. The right hand doesn’t strum, but uses a multi-touch screen to control the inputs,” says Hackaday.

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Asus Debuts Multi-Touch Netbook

December 2, 2009

Asus has been showing off the latest version of its EEE netbook range, the EEE PC T91MT, whose screen pivots and boasts full support for Windows 7’s multi-touch input setup.

If nothing else, the crossover between netbooks and tablets has probably been a long time coming; certainly there are users for whom a device like this is very much what the doctor ordered. It’s also pleasant to see that the addition of multi-touch hasn’t meant the device has become bloated; it’s just over an inch thick and weighs in at just under the 1KG mark, meaning it’s lighter than the older EEE 1000HA.

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Microsoft Testing Futuristic Inputs

November 19, 2009

It turns out that Microsoft isn’t just working on multi-touch mice in an effort to explore next-generation input options, it’s been revealed that the company is also working on input methods that are a little more tactile.

The new interface doesn’t respond to clicks in the same way as a mouse might, but instead allows users to sink their fingers into a fluid-filled bladder, taking input from the various massaging actions that the human hand can apply to the whole device. According to a report from Technology Review,

“At the base of the new device is a ‘sensor tile’ produces magnetic fields above its surface. By detecting disturbances to those fields, the system can track the movement of a metal object across its surface, or the manipulation of a bladder filled with iron filings or a magnetic fluid.”

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HP Touts Touch-Screen Win7 Display

October 22, 2009

For many, Windows 7 seems to be a working replacement for Windows Vista, but it does add an awful lot, including a feature called “Touch Pack” that allows reliable integration of touch-screen displays with the OS.

HP Logo

For those already using touch-sensitive displays (and HP has been marketing them on machines like its TouchSmart for a few years now) the addition of the Touch Pack to Windows 7 will be welcome news indeed. One of the biggest problems with touch-sensitive displays is that different manufacturers had different ideas about how their functionality should be employed in Windows itself.

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Microsoft Demos Multi-touch Mice

October 6, 2009

Microsoft Research has taken the time to demonstrate some of its experimental multi-touch capable new mouse designs and some of them are very interesting indeed.

Multitouch Mice Microsoft Research

Naturally, they don’t yet look the business, but that’s to be expected from a range of devices that most of which likely won’t ever make it out of the prototype stage. For now, each mouse operates on an entirely different model for taking multi-touch input, which means that each of the experimental mice shown is pretty different from the last, but it all amounts to roughly the same level of control… with a few important differences.

Because each of these mice goes about multi-touch from a different direction (be it infrared imaging, frustrated total internal reflection, a network of capacitance sensors or just tracking the digits near the mouse, rather than on it) they could each have wildly different applications and potentially effect whatever software it is that Microsoft intends multi-touch mice to interact with.

It’s strange that it’s taken so long for the idea of multi-touch mice to work, multi-touch trackpads have basically changed the way we consider that form of input. It’ll be interesting to see now just how easy it is for the two-button mouse-bound among us to learn to use a device actively taking input from both being rolled around the desk and the positioning of all five clumsy fingers on it, but hopefully that won’t be too taxing.

One thing is certain, I won’t look at my Razer the same way after seeing some of these in action.

Engadget has an excellent demo video up that stresses the unique factors of each of the prototypes, complete with some really trashy synthesiser music that’s just excellent. You should definitely check it out if you’re at all interested.

Microsoft’s New Tablet, Courier, Leaks

September 23, 2009

Details of Microsoft’s new project have started to leak out. It’s called “Courier” and it looks to be a very interesting take on the tablet PC.

This is pretty much the only image anyone has of the courier.

This is pretty much the only image anyone has of the courier.

Surprisingly detailed word comes via Gizmodo of Microsoft’s latest tablet project, outlining a device around the 7-inch mark, hinged so that it opens out to boast two 7” multi-touch sensitive displays. If nothing else, the device looks like it could well give an Apple tablet a run for its money. Pleasantly enough, things only get more interesting the more you hear about the hardware.

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