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    May 04, 2010


    bill benzon

    Hmmmmm . . . . interesting stuff. Whatever happened to the coming 3D graphics interface? Is the touch interface going to be what that interface was supposed to be?


    Whatever happened to the coming 3D graphics interface?

    People kept getting their hands stuck in the virtual 3D boxes...


    I think most people will not be able to hold their arms out and do manual tasks at length. Even using a vertically placed touch screen can be taxing after a while. So I think something like a draftsman's table will become the paradigm for a large haptic-feedback multitouch interface. I've seen this echoed in sci-fi design. Mass Effect 2 has their spaceship control consoles mapped out like that. Matrix 2 had a very arresting design for the Zion Dock central control but that was vertical. As well, Speilberg's vision of the control panel in Minority Report was very cool. However the one I like the most in terms of layout was done in The Island by Michael Bay. Also, I'm reviewing the displays in Quantum of Solace, which I found very nice. These are also part of growing fictional world of Tom Clancy's gaming universe - most recently Splinter Cell Conviction. I haven't checked out anything new from Jeff Han recently. I think he's mostly doing dark work for the DOD.

    All in all, I think the prospects for wall mounted stuff is limited to small screens with limited interactions. ATMs and kiosk stuff, sure, but not real work.

    When it comes to real work, I keep seeing this scene from Koyannisquatsi where a woman is inspecting Twinkies or checking sausages on an assembly line. And that takes my mind to Dirty Jobs where they do chicken sexing or any number of jobs that require high dexterity. I think there are great possibilities to take advantage of manual dexterity in labor that does not require the language skills of typing and that this could be the future of various intellective jobs. When you can create a language of gestures - well I think there are great possibilities. I just think the people will have to touch something rather than shadowbox and 'windmill' as the Amerslang guys say..

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