In rethinking, size does matter

Posted by J Matthew Buchanan at December 1, 2006 02:28 PM

Some rethinkers take baby steps.  Some walk at a comfortable pace.  And then there are those who leap.  Their rethinking of things forces them to bend their knees, coil up the energy in their leg muscles, and spring ahead in one giant rethinker's leap.  And those leaps let others take baby steps that benefit everyone.

Want an example?  Watch this video of Jeff Han's rethinker's leap.  Jeff is a research scientist at NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.  Jeff conducts research on intuitive, "interface-free," touch-driven computer screens.  The video, taken at this year's TED conference, shows Jeff presenting his "drafting table screen" publicly for the first time.

How's that for a leap?  You can daydream endlessly about possible applications of that technology.  For example, can you imagine the power of combining a screen like that with a killer brainstorming app like MindManager?  How about a screen that takes up an entire a brainstorming session, powered by MindManager that works with Jeff's "multi-touch" technology?

It certainly will be fun watching all of the baby steps that come about thanks to Jeff's giant leap.

If you want to see more of Jeff's work, check out this video demonstration.




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