Computer technology is the fastest growing technology in last decade. And It is close to change PC from how it is now to more usable and intuitive multi touch screens. Couple years ago I saw a prototype of universal omni Optimus keyboard at Artlebedev.com website. And was amazed how usable it will be. Keyboard displays keys of active application. Using photoshop will transform it to photoshop shortcut keyboard, playing doom will make it doom keyboard and typing in other language will convert it to Russian or some other language. It is really amazing.
But watching presentation by Jeff Han at ted.com changed my opinion about Optimus keyboard. It is really amazing and usable technology. Remember watching Minority Report ,Matrix and Paycheck. It will make interaction much faster. as we now interacting with only one mouse pointer, and fixed keyboard it takes time to learn shortcuts and perform simple tasks. Also with on screen customizable and resizable keyboard, there will be no need for any other keyboard , not even optimus one.
Jeff Han is a research scientist for New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Here, he demonstrates—for the first time publicly—his intuitive, “interface-free,” touch-driven computer screen, which can be manipulated intuitively with the fingertips, and responds to varying levels of pressure. (Recorded February 2006 in Monterey, CA.)
Related article about Jeff Han is published in Fast Company february issue 2007 by Adam L. Penenberg. Article contains brief history and past work of Jeff Hun, technology and inspiration used to create Multi-touch Screen, existing and future products aimed for consumer markets. Article contains an other video presentation done on wall mounted two 8-foot-by-3-foot panels.