iMac MultiTouch concept

Discussion in 'iMac' started by albeik, Aug 4, 2007.

  1. albeik macrumors regular


    Jul 1, 2003
    Marlborough, MA, USA
  2. anim8or macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2006
    Scotland, UK

    Very nice work, would be quite cool if such a mac came to light, maybe a little less like the iphone, but i like what you have done here!

    thumbs up
  3. dom7 macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2007
    I think that would be amazing, but I don't think even Leopard will be ready to use Mutli-Touch to its full capacity.

    P.S. Great job, on the video.
  4. LeviG macrumors 65816

    Nov 6, 2006
    Norfolk, UK
    Same issue as a lot of the other concepts, ergonomics have been forgotten again. Also its going to be unstable when you press on the screen as there is no weight on the legs.

    As to it taking 3 days, would have said it should have taken less but I suppose it depends on how much time they spend doing CAD.
  5. neven macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2006
    Portland, OR
    Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420+ (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/1C25 Safari/419.3)

    A simple experiment: if you can get your hands on a Wacom Cintiq (a tablet screen), prop it up vertically, like a computer screen. Try using it for 5 minutes.
  6. D1G1T4L macrumors 68000


    Jun 26, 2007
    Savannah, GA
    Would LOVE that design! The stand is the only thing I'm up in the air with but the iPhone design with MultiTouch would be nice!
  7. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    This is the best concept/mockup I've seen in a very long time.
  8. aswitcher macrumors 603


    Oct 8, 2003
    Canberra OZ
    The higher res version of their website is very nice. Even without the touchscreen I like it allot for a new iMac.
  9. suneohair macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2006
    Um, whats up with the green power light!? That is not Mac-like! Give us our precious white! :p
  10. youngestchild macrumors regular

    Feb 22, 2005
    "wouldn't it be nice if the makers of the iphone ... also made a computer"

    how many people have been thinking that recently!?! :D ... i hope we only have to wait three more days and not two more years (as the ad suggests).... !! :p

    noice lookin' ad though...
  11. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    cool ad. I liked the music. Is animation hard to pick up? I would love to try it one day; too bad the software is way to much to "play" with.
  12. LimeiBook86 macrumors 604


    May 4, 2002
    Go Vegan

    Yeah I was able to try one a store once, it was such an odd feeling. I couldn't even imagine having my arms bent over the display for so long, which is why I just got a regular tablet (besides the Cintiq's huge price).

    A flat touch-surface on a desk would be much better... and would make for much less straining on your arms. :p

    ...although I love the extra USB port on the back. I hope the new iMacs have that! :D
  13. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    The point wouldn't be to use multitouch as the only way to interact with the computer, but it would be very cool to be able to just reach up and move a window out of the way or something like that.
  14. neven macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2006
    Portland, OR
    I keep hearing that, but to make that argument, you assume that it makes sense for Apple to build in a very expensive screen and write some very sophisticated software for it (and presumably extend this functionality to the rest of their computers) just so you could occasionally move a window out of the way by fingering it rather than using the mouse.

    The cost of multi-touch is such that if they ever implement it in a computer, it'll be a persistent, overwhelmingly useful (and cool!) technology - otherwise, why bother?

    iPhone has a touch screen not because it's occasionally more convenient to use it, but because it's the ONLY way to use an iPhone. This solves the problem of having a (relatively) large screen in a (relatively) small device, so it's worth the extra cost. Putting multi-touch in a vertical iMac wouldn't solve any problem while raising the price significantly.
  15. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    I personally hate when designers make mockups for future products out of existing products... that is that PC laziness that Apple left behind years ago. The iPhone would never make a good iMac or another device for that matter, other than an iPod which I hear won't even happen. Having an iPhone posing as an iMac is just too much iPhone/product hype for any given technology era/year. Give it a rest.

    I do like the interface though... it is a great way to look at where Spaces, resolution independence, and Multitouch may be going in the next five years or so. Being able to move your entire environment in a semi-3D space that expands and shrinks to your liking... sounds nice.

    Very well said. Knowing Apple, if they intro a new multitouch device of any form (iPod, MacBook, iPhone Nano, etc.) it won't be just a simple add-on for convienience... it will saturate the entire UI and controls. If they put it in an iMac say goodbye to the keyboard and mouse... if they stick it in a MacBook say hello to the Mac Tablet. This would suck for many video editors and power users that get through apps by memorizing a plethora of short cuts.
  16. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    man, that ad was awesome. great job with the video.

    you convinced me that the imac is worth buying again (of course, it doesn't exist yet :p )
  17. rainmanbk macrumors 6502


    Jan 30, 2006
    Southington, CT
    My only problem with it is the stand! I don't like that it's that dinky little bar. Basically take the current iMac stand, make it black, and put a silver trim on it. It will look almost the same, but make the stand look less cheap.
  18. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    What makes you think multitouch is expensive, much less "very expensive?" The screen itself does not have the touch sensitive capability, but rather that is added by a layer being added between the panel and the surface of the device. I've seen no evidence to suggest that that part is particularly expensive. Admittedly, then they'd probably have to add a hard layer over the top, but I'm thinking this would all cost them $50 or less, which is not very expensive on a $1500 machine. I think fingerprints on your iMac are more of an issue than the price it would production costs of multitouch/
  19. zub3qin macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2007
    The iMac Multitouch concept that you created is not too far from the actual new iMac.... and I like yours a lot better.

    I think you should seriously try and get in touch with Apple- if they haven't contacted you yet. You could offer a lot of design ideas to them.



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