Thursday, February 7, 2008
The iPhone put multi-touch screen displays in the spotlight, and with it a technological debate that is becoming cyclical even in YDreams’ own internal forums.
As Ivan recently reminded us, you should never leave home for a multi-touch debate without reading Bill Buxton’s excellent seminal paper on the topic. Bill Buxton, a Principal Researcher at Microsoft, basically presents a series of pros and cons about multi-touch, as well as contextualizing the history of its development (it goes as far back as 1982).
“Everything is best for something, but worst for something else“, is the recurring sentence on the document, and one that interface developers (like YDreams) work hard to always keep in mind.
Nonetheless, even if Bill Buxton’s paper allows you to throw off some misconceptions about the subject, there is also the “hype” dimension of multi-touch that has been recently witnessed and should not be written off easily. (continues)