Chen, QiLiang(Research Paper,CIS 10)

Chen, QiLiang(Research Paper,CIS 10) - Chen 1 Name: Qi...

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Chen 1 Name: Qi Liang Chen CIS 10 –Research Paper June 5, 2008 Touch the Future -Jeff Han’s Multi-touch sensor Technology After watching Jeff Han’s magical presentation about his multi-touch sensor technology in the 2006 TED (stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, which is a conference assembling people from those three worlds since 1984), more and more audience have been convinced that this technology might become another computer interface revolution. Demonstrated to the crowd by Han, a consulting research scientist from New York University's Department of Computer Science, the multi-touch sensor technology is a pressure-sensitive technology which allows users to operate with multiple touch points simultaneously on the same touch screen. Instead of using stylus, users may use their fingers and can easily interact with the objects on the screen. Being an innovation which “will change the way people interact with computers” (described by Han in his presentation), multi-touch sensor technology is capable to realize the computer interface revolution from two-dimension to three-dimension; moreover, compared to the traditional computer interface, this technology is very easy to understand and to use. The final and also the most important significance of this multi-touch sensor technology is its incredible capabilities can be developed and to infinite practical applications in various field in the future.
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Chen 2 First of all, the appearance of multi-touch sensor technology will completely change the traditional way that computer users interact with their computers, and this change is absolutely revolutionary- from 2D to 3D. This revolution will be much more significant than the last computer revolution, point-and-click interface- the mouse, invented by Douglas Engelbart at the Stanford Research Institute in 1963. At first, let us take a look at the significance of mouse in the computer chronicle. Before the first marketed integrated mouse, which was equipped as a part of a computer and intended for personal computer navigation, “came with the Xerox 8010 Star Information System in 1981” (Wikipedia), personal computer users had to use the arrow keys on their keyboards to move between the lines on the screen. The widely use of the mouse in personal computers completely freed the users from the inefficient old interface and gave them the privilege to make unconstrained two-dimensional movement within the screen. The appearance of this innovative point and click interface changed the way which computer users were used to and increased the efficiency of computers. Similarly, as how the mouse changed the way of computer users interacted with computer twenty years ago, the future input interface of computer definitely will also be influenced by the multi-touch sensor technology. The multi-touch sensor technology can feel the pressure and heat from more than one point on the same touch screen and
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