Multi-touch: Many questions to one desire....
openmoko at mazikeen.demon.co.uk
Tue Mar 4 17:29:29 CET 2008
On Tuesday 04 March 2008, Michael 'Mickey' Lauer wrote:
> Hi guys,
> I have thought a bit about multitouch and its possible usecases and the
> longer I think about it the less exciting I find it on a mobile phone.
> The technology per se is great and I'm sure it will allow for great
> innovation among UI's on large monitors, tablets, and even desks.
> However, on small screen systems such as the Neo (or even the iPhone) --
> what do you want to do with it? The ubiquitous zooming and rotating
> examples are not convincing me at all. With some clever state logic you can
> zoom and rotate very efficient on unitouch systems.
> So... where are those usecases that apply to a phone?
Small screen systems aren't just phones, as Sean has mentioned for future
OpenMoko devices. Some things need more than one channel of simultaneous
input, so with unitouch systems you can't use virtual controls onscreen; you
have to start adding physical controls, or suffer a limited application. Off
the top of my head here are a couple:
* Emulating a pair of analogue thumb controllers. I remember a text input
method using simultaneous input from 2 8-way hat switches too.
* Audio mixer - think portable DJ apps.
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