Re: Multi-Touch Screen Monitors

Subject: Re: Multi-Touch Screen Monitors
From: Richard Wentk (
Date: Wed Oct 26 2005 - 13:47:12 EDT

At 17:45 26/10/2005, you wrote:
>Anyone who programs much in MaxMSP or many other graphics programs are
>used to the practice of nudging with single pixel accuracy.

I program in Max/MSP and I've never felt a need to nudge single pixels.
There aren't many situations where that kind of absolute accuracy is
genuinely essential. Where it is essential, it's worth wondering if a
cursor/screen combination really is the optimal interface solution.

>I personally found the low resolution of the (now defunct?) Tactex touch
>pad to be a severe limitation to its usefulness for detailed gestural or
>higher resolution purposes.

You need a certain minimal area to make high resolution control, and the
problem with any touch-based solution is that for accurate control that
area has to be quite large. The Lemur is pretty much the bare minimum size.

I had a 21" Wacom Cintiq here for a while
( and that was surprisingly
musical and responsive with Max/MSP. Albeit that it's a pen driven
single-touch system.

A multi-touch version of the Cintiq would be a very interesting thing
indeed. (Unfortunately it would also be a very expensive and heavy thing.
But still...)


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