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“Manual Deskterity” Microsoft Research explores “synergy of pen & touch”

Microsoft Research project “Manual Deskterity” shows, two intuitively combined makes for much powerful input method than each of them might ever be on their own. A custom app for the Microsoft Surface with a special infrared pen – starts at 1 minute mark and shows off capabilities that either wouldn’t be practical or possible at all by either pen or touch alone. Bear in mind however this’s a research project so the app’s quite limited in scope. Bill Buxton briefly explore the combination of pen and touch “everything is best for something and worst for something else” sums up the pen and touch debate perfectly, combining the best attributes of each just makes sense. With dual pen and touch display solutions and products already on the market:


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