Jeff Han's Multitouch Screen Hits Mainstream

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, May 8, 2008.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Longtime MacRumors readers will remember the excitement surrounding Jeff Han's early multitouch videos which predated the launch of the Apple iPhone. Han and his team had explored new user interface designs surrounding the use of a large multi-touch screen. The concepts of zooming in and out of photos and manipulating objects directly on the screen gave many readers their first look at multi-touch technology.

    Han went on to found Perceptive Pixel to market large versions of their touch screens for "film studios and other operations where people can use them as high-tech blackboards to brainstorm on projects".

    Those following the U.S. primary elections over the past few months may have noticed that CNN had become one of the Perceptive Pixel's first customers. Their "Magic Wall" has been used to show off the large amounts of data coming in from the primaries:
    Han believes its use will expand to other many other areas in the near future:
    The screen made its debut on CNN in January of this year. Videos from CNN: Photo resizing, Election results, Annotation, Zooming.

    Apple, of course, implemented their own version of multi-touch in the iPhone and iPod Touch, and there's been evidence that more advanced multitouch gestures will make their way into Mac OS X.

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  2. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    I realize this has been around since January, but many people I mentioned it to didn't realize it, so I posted it. I found it very interesting.

    Also, please no discussion about politics. Any political debates should be directed here.
  3. bigandy macrumors G3


    Apr 30, 2004
  4. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    the photo resizing seemed a bit of a stretch for using the screen. just to show off the technology. A simple slide show might have worked better. :)

  5. bigandy macrumors G3


    Apr 30, 2004
    Oh, absolutely - but if you've got it, why not show it off? ;)
  6. Brother Michael macrumors 6502a

    Brother Michael

    Apr 14, 2004
    thats pretty cool. I would definitely have to have one of those.

    I'm hoping that we can get to the point of some sort of LCD/fiberoptic/supercooltechnologythingy touch screen wallpaper.
  7. HawaiiMacAddict macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2006
    On one of my Macs of course
    Aloha everyone,

    I wonder if this is the same technology used by FOX as well. I have noticed their rather extensive use of a large touch screen as they discuss the Democrat primaries, especially when comparing the various stats for both Obama and Clinton. The user swipes columns left and right as well as using large buttons to call up other information. All in all, once I first saw that screen, the drool factor hit the roof hehehe :D

  8. change macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Who knows...
    The strong march of technology...

    I've been an iPhone owner since August, but seeing this screen on CNN, it really hit me. Multi-touch will and is changing the world and the way we interact with technology. User interfaces themselves are changing and becoming more natural, fluid, intuitive. Really, the iPhone seemed so personal and such a niche until i saw the election coverage on a huge multi-touch screen.

    Actually, it really hit me, and i bought my iPhone, when i saw my mom pick up the first iPhone she had ever seen and started doing all the multi-touch gestures and navigating all the iPhone's apps and the web so fluidly i couldn't believe my eyes! :eek: One day (probably soon) we will all be navigating huge multi-touch iMac/media center/who knows machines.
  9. ppc_michael Guest


    Apr 26, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    It's cool to see the technology in action, but it just seems like CNN isn't really doing anything with it that they couldn't before. It's a bit of a waste.
  10. nintyuser macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2008
    This seems like a dumb question.....

    But can Jeff Han's screen's be used in OS X, windows, and linux???

    Or is it only linux? I can't seems to find info on this since the company is so private.
  11. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    With or without the gestures, I'd be glad to have a screen that big!

    How well does Keynote support the creation of presentations that you can manipulate in these ways?
  12. chickenninja macrumors 6502


    Feb 13, 2008
    inside my skull
  13. JackAxe macrumors 68000


    Jul 6, 2004
    In a cup of orange juice.
  14. MooseDPM macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2007
    AT&T, Microsoft Surface

    So, we will all be able to play with these in the coming months. If you recall Microsoft adapting the technology in to Microsoft Surface, they said it would be starting with restaurants and the like in the near future. I enjoyed a cigar a few weeks ago with a guy who builds systems for AT&T stores (i don't know his exact job title) and he informed me that AT&T stores would soon be using Microsoft Surface; partly for the function but mostly to get people in the door.
  15. Jesus on OSX macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2003
    What's ironic is that CNN was doing a minority report (Obama) using technology from the Minority Report (movie)
  16. MacTheSpoon macrumors 6502a

    Jun 19, 2006
    It's really cool, of course, but... as far as using it for newscasts, I don't know. It does have that "wow" factor, but all that sizing/resizing is kind of vertigo-inducing when it's being done so often and so quickly on such a large screen.
  17. NOV macrumors 6502


    Mar 27, 2004
    The Netherlands
    Was wondering the same thing too, the only advantage I can imagine is that there has to be no interaction between the presenter and the people in the control room.
  18. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2008
    wow very cool to see this thing in real world applications now.
  19. ruutiveijari macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2005
  20. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    I was watching CNN almost all day Tuesday and once John King had a slip up and the screen kind of went away only to reveal a Microsoft window showing either an Excel spreadsheet of a list view of MS Access. I didn't notice a start menu or bar along the bottom.
  21. aLoC macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2006
    I don't find this application all that surprising. Networks are always trying to outdo each other to have the most high tech "Election Centre."
  22. Tricky121 macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2008
    The video of the huge multi-touche screen

    Is it me or is it running OSX?
  23. Magicpony macrumors newbie


    May 9, 2008
    Does anyone know how Apple has used multitouch that looks a lot like this on the iPod and iPhone without licensing it from these guys much less having their own patents on multitouch?

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