Minority Report Touch Interface for Real

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The iPhone's new touch interface might be nice, but it's nowhere near as involved as the future UI envisioned in Minority Report, where Tom Cruise could drag objects across the screen and manipulate them in all kinds of ways, or "push" them aside to bring up something new. Jeff Han, a research scientist at NYU's Courant Institute, has come up with such an interface, which responds not only to touch and gestures, but to varying degrees of pressure. He flips photos across the screen, zooms in, throws them away, and calls up new ones, among a variety of other cool uses of the interface. It looks startlingly responsive and natural, far more so than a standard PC setup. It's hard to describe here how intense and possibly revolutionary the setup is, so you really need to check out the video and article for yourself. With any luck, his new company Perceptive Pixel will be bringing it to our eager fingertips before too long

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DISCUSSION

Yeah, thats pretty cool. Saw something similar at CES. Maybe it was even the same thing, I cant remember. Sure it moves pretty smoothly in mapping applications and 3D environments, but what about Word Docs and Excel spreadsheets. You know, exciting stuff like that. Web surfing?