On last night's Daily Show, John Oliver interviewed multi-touch screen guru Jeff Han, who we profiled in the Feb. 2007 Fast Company. Jeff was creating wall-sized touch screens years before Apple began churning out the iPhone.
Jeff Han is about to change the face of computing. His multi-touch interface brings intuitive control to computing, "There is no reason in this day and age that we should be conforming to a physical device," he says. "These interfaces should start conforming to us." Learn More
One afternoon as we were putting this issue of Fast Company to bed, I stood behind the chair of our art director, Dean Markadakis, peering over his shoulder at his computer screen as he tried out different photographs for the cover. He clicked on directories to summon up images, switched to drop-down menus to resize the pictures, and then clicked back to the cover to drop them in place. He also groaned in frustration when he couldn't find the photo he was looking for, when the software balked, or when the wrong picture came up.
It looks like we won't have to wait until the year 2054 to experience real multi-touch computing, as the film Minority Report infers. Some of us may have already seen a demo video of Microsoft researcher Andrew D. Wilson diplaying Microsoft's TouchLight Project. There was also a company called FingerWorks, that had developed integrated multi-touch technology into its TouchStream LP keyboard and iGesture pads.