What looks like some huge news gets casually mentioned in descriptions for the upcoming SIGGRAPH graphics conference and on the website of JazzMutant, the developers of multi-touch hardware controllers Lemur and Dexter:

Jazzmutant is proud to have been selected by the Siggraph Emerging Technologies Committee in San Diego to demo a new prototype device for digital imaging involving multi-touch control. This solution will go beyond mere finger-drawing and clearly illustrate a new way to interact and improve productivity with drawing and video editing software. Furthermore, the solution presented will be the very first multi-touch enabled Tablet PC shown to the public.

JazzMutant news

One of my complaints when I looked at the first Lemur touchscreen was that it felt like it had in a way separated display, computer, and interface. A computer with multi-touch? Now we’re talking. Lots of questions here, though: how would a typical PC support the multi-touch interface? How much would it cost? What’s this new prototype device — is it, as the Dexter was, basically just another Lemur with the addition of new control templates?

Time will tell. We’ll be watching. But this is some of the best multi-touch news in a long time.

Thanks to Andreas Wetterberg for the tip!

  • Finally! I've been waiting for this. My arms have taken enough beating from that horrible mouse. I can definitely see it useful is OSX, think Leopard crossed with iPhone.

  • Zuofu

    Umm, you can already get the Lenovo Thinkpad X61 with a multitouch screen…

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  • dead_red_eyes

    Will it be overpriced?


    But it might be cool tho. Guess we'll just wait and see.

  • @Zuofo: Unless you're talking about something else, what Lenovo calls the "MultiTouch" screen is actually just a trade name for technology allowing you to use either pen or finger input, not multiple inputs at the same time. There's still a chicken and egg problem with the inability of operating systems to support multi-touch, though I hope that Microsoft's interest in Surface and Apple's in iPhone means these will show up at some point in those two operating systems.

  • anyone find out info?? my boss went and didn't see it there