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jkOnTheRun shares a pair of Windows 7 touch interfaces

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Our good friend James Kendrick has a run down of two touch interface overlays for Windows 7 tablets, Thinix Touch and Mirabyte FrontFace, both shown off on his TEGA v2. Slick looking interface environments. Very informative video from James. But ultimately, overlays like these only cover up the problems beneath.

In contrast to what I’ve done with Firefox on my small touchscreen tablet, which is a tailoring of a specific application interface, this type of software is an overlay that lies on top of the standard Windows interface as a separate application launcher and environment. Makes it easier to get to applications, but the applications themselves still aren’t touch-optimized. I certainly agree with James that they do make for a more touch-accessible experience on Windows, but they show a distinctly “Big Button” approach. Good enough as a patch for now but not in the long run.

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at] notebooks.com

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  1. Anonymous

    10/20/2010 at 4:19 pm

    Thinix is releasing a “consumer” oriented version of Thinix Touch later today per thier website which includes thier new consumer app, mymashup, which allows you to easily add new buttons. Apparently the version you reviewed didnt have this in it yet.

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