• 08.10.09

Meet the Multitouch Interface of the Future

The advantages of user interfaces such as that of the iPhone may be moving to the desktop PC and the standard keyboard.

Everyone loves multitouch on touchscreen phones and trackpads. But what about on a desktop?


A group of Microsoft researchers has built a kind of multitouch for the conventional keyboard, and it looks to be even more useful than the iterations we know on the iPhone. It allows a keyboard to accept pressure-sensitivity data, from which it can infer user intentions. The innovation has terrific potential for gaming–the harder you press spacebar, the more bullets you shoot in a first-person shooter–but also for social networking and word processing. As the video below demonstrates, it can be used to infer typos, adjust font styles, and size for emphasis.

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