10/GUI on Vimeo

A remarkably interesting look at the possibilities for fundamental changes in the way we interact with computers, from the premise that multi-touch technology is the way of the future, and the fact that as humans we’ve been equipped with tools that can handle extremely complicated tasks. What are those tools? Hands.

I see Mr. Miller’s point: the incredibly old model of controlling your computer with a single point of interaction –  the mouse and it’s pointer – has been around so long that people just accept that it’s the best/only way of interacting with a computer. The time is night, however, that this interaction should change.

The video below is a concept, and idea put together to promote debate and innovation. There’s no product for sale. Still, I think it’s a very worthwhile watch and whilst the desktop interface may seem quite alien I think it achieves its purpose, namely getting our brains thinking about what is possible.

Interestingly Apple have just launched the “Magic Mouse” 1, which is a mouse whose entire surface doubles as a touch interface, with support for multi-touch interactions. You can see it in action over on the Apple website.

Anyway, back to the 10/GUI video. Enjoy.

This video examines the benefits and limitations inherent in current mouse-based and window-oriented interfaces, the problems facing other potential solutions, and visualizes my proposal for a completely new way of interacting with desktop computers.

via 10/GUI on Vimeo.

  1. Apparently they were going to run into issues with name usage on “Mighty Mouse” – I for one remember the cartoon that went by that name, though I don’t think that’s where the issue was going to come from.