Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Neuromancer meets Minority Report

This is just about the coolest thing I've seen in a long time:

Multi-touch, by Perceptive Pixel

Perhaps the hypnotic music contributes to the effect, but watching the way these guys can easily manipulate images and information makes me imagine that the next generation might conceive of time, distance, and information completely differently than even we of the Computer Age already do. A million applications came abstractly to mind, but it was more the feeling of naturalness and seamless integration. Yes, the interface brings "Minority Report" to mind, but it's hard not to feel that the user of such a system would be immersed in the information in a way much more analogous to the "jacking in" envisioned by Gibson a few decades ago...

(via R and some crazy academic long-term planning)

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