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BumpTop: The future PC desktop interface?

March 23, 2007

This new “BumpTop” desktop interface is very cool to watch in action.  David Pogue did a review of this new computer visual organization program in his NY Times blog yesterday.

Above is a YouTube video about the new GUI, designed by Canadian designer Anand Agarawala.  It uses a touch-sensitive stylus to move things around, instead of a mouse.

Not bad, until you have to set down the stylus to type on the keyboard.  I can’t even keep track of my pen for 5 minutes after I set it down.

From Pogue’s review:

I’m guessing that replacing what we see in Mac OS X or Windows is not, ultimately, the point. It’s to start thinking, start playing, run some experiments, to exploit today’s high-powered graphics routines to bring some new life to the crusty old desktop metaphor. The results of this tomfoolery may not bring Apple or Microsoft to Anand’s doorstep, but maybe the Bumptop fun will at least rub off on those much bigger players.

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2 Comments
  1. March 23, 2007 4:55 pm

    Super moldavian movie, with english translation, on hyperliteratura:
    http://hyperliteratura.reea.net/?p=1228

  2. March 24, 2007 1:30 pm

    I saw a different demo on a large touchscreen (http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid271543545/bctid422563006) that featured this interface and made more sense on that scale. I’m a little unconvinced of the productivity of this compared technologies like metadata (faster than the desktop analogy) but it’s good to see alternatives.

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