Microsoft Research is working on all kinds of things that are very interesting. From Patrick Baudich comes word of a new multi-touch method for smaller devices (read-not a table). From what I have gathered LucidTouch is being developed with Mitsubishi and adds double-side touch to a 7inch screen. As you can see from the video the double-sided approach allows touch input on both sides of the device. The semi-transparency (or pseudo-transparency) supposedly allows users to “acquire targets while not occluding the screen with their fingers and hand.” This is based on user research that says users prefer this method, which I find curious. It also allows for the user to use all 10 fingers simultaneously. Intersting.
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