February 15, 2006

Haptics for bedroom scientists?

We really, really need some more physical interfaces for computers. Better haptics. I'm as bowled over by the Minority Report-esque interface demo that's making the blog rounds, but why can't I have that interface now, Mom? Physical interfaces done right would mean more than just improving the sensory interfaces we have. Better physicality of the interface also require a purification of the ideas in the interface so objects in the interface interact in a more physical way (this is quite apparent from the demo btw). The problem is we're not discovering these models because we don't have the physical interfaces that make the flaws of present interfaces obvious. So what can we work on today? One possibility is the admirable and quite easy to use Processing. And while processing doesn't have a funky enormous touch screen, it is able to use your webcam a la eyetoy, to play with fire - or snow.

Posted by Claus at February 15, 2006 1:37 PM
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