This isnt something you see everyday – here’s an entirely new way of interacting with computers, demostrated by Oblong Industries.
To be honest, multi-touch didnt create a wow moment for me from the TED talk that introduced it… maybe I’ve had a hard time really understanding how that could create dramatically new applications…. applications that are well beyond simply letting people use existing applications in slightly easier ways (hello pinching photos) and are infact can offer dramatically new breed of software-based computing.
Oblong’s technology does give me that feeling. Some people might notice that its a near direct port from the movie "Minority Report" and in fact one of the Science Advisors from the film worked Oblong to create this platform.
However, the impact that technology like this could have reaches far beyond the aesthetics shown in the film – in the demo below they show some examples in video compositing, wave analysis and geographic analysis. One gesture that I really find interesting is the "pull back towards you in space" which is used here for zooming out.
What type of applications do you think would be a great use this tech?