There is no better opportunity than one where you can see first hand, the latest in technology; these demonstrations were not a commercial, there were participatory, upfront, close, and personal, with touch and feel. There is no given order, in my series, merely the journey.
Imagine, the ability to sit in front of a TV, or your laptop, while watching some type of program; having the capability to change a channel, as often as you like, increasing or reducing the volume, at will; and all without using a remote control, or clicking on a mouse, or pressing any buttons. Everything is done by the ability of software to recognize your hand gestures. In essence, these gestures are pre-programmed; however, according to my understanding, you’ll have the flexibility to change them. It extends to other smart devices. To illustrate, you no longer need to get someone to snap a picture for you. Just gather everyone, set your tablet down, and then do the hand gestures to take the picture when ready. It works. But, the clincher is with interactive games. I had a chance to play archery; simply put, one hand gesture gets your character positioned, another allows him to ready the bow and pull back the string; still another permits him to release the arrow. Again, no pushing buttons, no clicking of a mouse, and no use of a controller. And in speaking to others, it’s something people can see as both practical and useful. (www.pointgrab.com)
From a business perspective, among their key decisions, it involved how best to distribute to end users. The one chosen was based upon quality control considerations; and it seems to be paying off for them, via licensing agreements with the likes of Acer, Fujitsu, and their most recent, Samsung. Personally, I loved it and was wishing I could get this software on my laptop.
This is the modernized version of a chalk board for teachers; the why most kids would love to visit a museum; the reason for taking great pleasure in giving a presentation. You’re essentially using a computer to put images or documents on display. You can, with mere touch, expand or contract anything; and by a simple process, you can drag a document or photo onto a form, with your finger; then email yourself merely using your finger to move that form off the screen. One can also, using a specialized stylus pen, write on an image being shown, and later erase it. There’s also a set-up, where one can place an object on the screen, and music begins to play; and if pieces marked bass or other are added, it causes the music sound to reflect it; the closer the more the impact; its like adjusting the bass or treble on a stereo, except, its basically by placement, sliding toward or away. Accordingly, there are many plausible applications: showing diagrams, differing schematics, and playing interactive games by touch, to name a few. At the show, there were a lot of folks who took enjoyment at playing on the screen. (www.multitouch.com)
From a business perspective, it was intriguing to hear their reasoning as to the manufacturing location, and the two sizes offered for sale. One should note labor cost was not the over-riding basis, regarding location; and they do have the ability to make any size desired by a customer. This is likely one of those must have for schools and companies, and in all likelihood pretty fun and cool for those having lots of gatherings.