Computers have always had human interface devices (HIDs), but up until the last few years these devices have barely involved the human directly. Direct human interaction with computers is an exciting new trend in computing and entertainment. Touch input has been one of the most integral parts of this computing movement so far; from Microsoft Surface back in 2008 to Apple’s iPhone and iPad in the recent years touch has been shown to be very powerful as a HID. Group collaboration, touch gaming (E.g. Chess, table tennis, etc), media interaction….the applications are exciting and intuitive.
This Microsoft video demonstraights some very interesting and exciting concepts that are now in reach:
Multi-touch Surfaces – Custom Multi-touch Human Interface Devices
Most Recent Touchscreen Videos
Project Dejarik – A 60” 1080p 3D Ready DLP touch “wall”
Frustrated Total Internal Reflection (FTIR) Multi-touch Table