Monday, May 17, 2010

Manual Deskterity: An Exploration of Simultaneous Pen + Touch Direct Input

I kind of like the use of pen and fingers on the same device. By using them both at the same time you can get a simple mode switch similar to right clicking on your mouse. But writing on a thick glass surface where the display is a few millimeters under the surface is not like writing on paper. Its more imprecise, like drawing with a really thick crayon. The distance makes it hard to predict exactly where you get ink when you set down your pen. I think you can see the effect of this on the graceless handwriting in the demo.

When there is a layer of glass between the pen and the pixels, you get a mismatch that depends on your viewing angle. I tried the Wacom Cintiq and it has this problem. If only you could have a camera on the device, that could track your face and calibrate based on the angle, then you could solve this problem. Or, just have an incredibly thin glass.


Anonymous said...

After a storm comes a calm..............................................

Max Daunarovich said...

I think it's can be fixed if there will be snapping to edges. It's kinda easy to realize and will help to "trace" objects on top.

As for just clicking - in most cases controls are quite big to just click them anywhere :)