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Microsoft showed pseudo-transparent nanoTouch and fold-up PCs

At the CHI 2009 conference in Boston, Microsoft researchers showed off two radical prototypes that push the boundaries of user interfaces. One was a ‘pseudo-transparent’ iPhone-like device called nanoTouch, which has a trackpad on the back rather than a traditional touch screen and gives visual feedback in the form of a simulated image of the user’s finger (the effect is like looking straight through the device). The other was a folding dual-screen device called Codex that can switch automatically between landscape, portrait, collaborative, or competitive modes depending on its ‘posture’ or orientation. If Microsoft doesn’t build such devices itself, ‘somebody else will, so it’s really important to understand what the issues are,’ said researcher Ken Hinckley.

Source:→ Slashdot

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