June 21, 2003
Bend it like browser.
The display becoming the manipulation interface to the information takes another intriguing leap past the simple touch screen metaphor with Gummi, a prototype developed at the Sony Interaction Lab in Tokyo. Although the associated QuickTime movie only gives you a vague idea of how a flexible device may work to navigate and switch between modes, this artist rendering shows the potential implementation much more effectively. Credit card sized, immediate visual feedback, and none of those tiny ‘Blackberry’ buttons that are hit or miss. And speaking of buttons, since we’re going stuck with them for a while anyway, the last bit of the article also mentions of another technology called Touch Engine, which involves the production of tactile feedback when you press on-screen buttons. Nice touch.
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