Hating Summer Humidity and Touch


Maybe it is just that I sweat easily and I guess a lot. (Not quite as much as the guy in the picture.) But when the Virginia humidity kicks in during the late spring and summer, I find myself very frustrated with touch screen and touch enabled trackpads on devices. It’s early on what will […]

iPad Usability Study Touches Tablet/Slate Interaction Challenges


We’ve heard reports and some grumblings about the inconsistency that users face when using apps on the iPad. Essentially apps (and of course their developers) have their own way of thinking how a user wants to interact with them and there isn’t really a consistent approach to how controls and functions work from one app […]

Skinput Report on CNN


Remember Skinput? You know touch your hand or arm and control your device? We blogged about it awhile back. Apparently the folks at CNN thought it was worth a report and did one. Keep in mind we’re still a ways away from anything like this.

"If you see a stylus they blew it" – I’m with Steve Jobs


Xavier Lanier reported from the iPhone 4 OS launch at Apple headquarters that Steve Jobs answered a question about the possibility of a stylus for iPad with this little gem: “If you see a stylus, they blew it” Gotta love Steve J for his “super” quotes. Well sorry folks, but I’m with Steve on this […]

Bill Buxton on Natural User Interface

Bill Buxton on making user interfaces “natural” – istartedsomething

Long Zheng of istartedsomething links to the this video of Bill Buxton talking about the Natural User Interface. It’s worth a look-see. Apparently Mr. Buxton gave a presentation at the conclusion of Mix10 Conference on what the natural is in Natural User Interface and this video talks about the same thing. There’s some fascinating stuff […]

I Touch Myself Gets New Meaning with Skinput


Along with a Mobile Surface concept, Microsoft also has a different kind of touch experience that might make your skin crawl a bit. It’s called Skinput. Apparently touchable armbands worn on your bicep can pick up different touch inputs. Because of differences in bone density, tissue mass, and muscle makeup, unique acoustical signatures can be […]

Word is Amazon Buys Touch Screen Company

If you think the eBook wars aren’t that big of a thing, you might want to think again. Although Amazon is not commenting, the New York Times says that Amazon has bought Touchco, a New York based company that makes touch screens. Touchco’s technology called interpolating force-sensitive resistance (doesn’t that sound like a military term?) […]

Rumors of Google Tablet Continue to Swirl


Tablets are the in thing at the moment in the Year of the Tablet, or Tablet 2.0. Of course that’s before anyone really has any of these devices in hand and able to figure them out. The iPad firestorm continues to consume whatever oxygen is out there and will continue to do so. But soon […]

CES 2010: Touchscreen without the screen

Light Blue Optics has a unique touchscreen solution: get rid of the screen. It’s a projector system similar to the projection keyboards we’ve previously seen but upgrades to a full-color touchscreen-like interface. Can be projected on to any surface though it looks like white works best. Demos were projecting on to walls and tabletops. It […]

Windows 7 everywhere, But Barely a Screen to Touch

We have been hearing a lot about all the new touch-enabled PCs coming to market in tandem with Windows 7, but you’ll have to look far and wide if you want to try one out for yourself. I spent most of the weekend touring computer retailers in New York and Washington DC and touch was […]

HP Testing the Multi-Touch Waters with dv3t Notebook

HP will be test-marketing a multi-touch version of the Pavilion dv3t notebook in Europe. The 13″ notebook is significantly thicker and a little heavier than the standard dv3t. If sales are brisk enough in Europe we may see a version of the multi-touch dv3t in the U.S. I’d much rather have a touch-enabled convertible than […]

Video Demos of New HP TouchSmart Apps, Touch Interface

I met up with HP in San Francisco to check out some new PCs and talk about touch computing. Just about every PC vendor seems to be jumping on the touch bandwagon thanks to Windows 7, but what are users going to actually do with all this multi-touch goodness? HP provided several interesting demos, but […]

Intel’s Quad-Display Touch Notebook Concept

Intel’s showing its latest notebook design concept here at IDF 2009. It features not one, not two, but THREE mini touch-enabled displays in addition to a primary 15.4-inch display. The three displays above the keyboard are seen as one wide display by Windows. You can keep tabs on your content in one of the three […]

Touch; What if we could start fresh?

Basic human/technology interfaces haven’t changed their core functionality in nearly forty years.   Point and click GUI has been the standard, and new technologies such as touch and pen have been overlaid without changing the core interface philosophy. Intrepid consultant Joshua Blake wants to forget what we know, and start over.   He proposes the […]

What will it take to make you wanna touch?

With Windows 7 available to end users next month, I thought it would be a good time to revisit the world of touch and multitouch with the added context of what’s available today. I am firmly of the belief that touch and multitouch make no real, practical sense on the desktop monitor. As we’ve stated […]

GBM Shortcut: Pinch and Zoom with Lenovo X200T Tablet PC

Well color me confused, embarrassed, and a bunch of other things.   Upon receiving the Lenovo X200T Tablet PC, I tried some pinch and zoom to see if that worked. I guess I didn’t try enough. As our good friend, James Kendrick discovered you can do some pinch and zoom with the two fingered touch […]

GBM InkShow: Touch on the Lenovo X200T Tablet PC

GBM Inkshow_ Touch on the Lenovo x200T Tablet PC blip.tv (beta)

I’m really enjoying using the two finger touch on the Lenovo X200T Tablet PC. That’s saying something since I just don’t see touch as being necessary in my usage of a Tablet PC. Frankly, I pull out a Tablet PC when I need to Ink some notes in rehearsal or a meeting or when I […]

Lenovo Adds Nice Touches to Touch on x200 Tablet PC


I’ve never been on the notebook/Tablet/Netbook touch bandwagon. Quite honestly, and perhaps from quite a limited perspective, I’ve just not seen the usage scenario that makes this a must have for me. Lenovo has been rolling out its latest Touch capable machines, and they just sent me an X200 Tablet with touch enabled. It’s running […]

Chippy and jkk Host a Live Session on Touch Enabled Netbooks Tonight

Reminder_ Live session. S7, EeePC T91, Touchnote and more. | UMPCPortal - Ultra Mobile Personal Computing

Touch, touch, touch, touch. Everything is touch these days, including the small netbook form factor. If you want to see how the Viliv S7 convertible UMPC along with the ASUS EeePC T91, the Gigabyte Touchnote and other convertible devices stack up against one another, you might want to tune into the live session that jkk […]

Talking Touch with Flixter Founder

Flixter is an incredibly popular community that revolves around movies. Flixter’s iPhone app has been. and one that I use on a regular basis. Flixter’s Android and Blackberry applications are doing very well I got a chance to chat with Flixter co-founder Joe Greenstein at the Mobilize 09 conference yesterday. We started chatting about how […]