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Google Is Going to Put a Serious Crimp In Ipad/Iphone With This Interface
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Google Is Going to Put a Serious Crimp In Ipad/Iphone With This Interface - May 3, 2010, 05:01 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jhoW...layer_embedded

They just bought a company called Bumptop and its 3D touchscreen software and interface.

Apple I'm sure doesn't have the patent on this stuff since they just patented certain gestures last week.

Check out at the end of the video how easy it is to upload pictures to Facebook,etc or send them to email w/real time on the fly cropping.

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Google Buys BumpTop: 3-D Multitouch Tablet Interface on the Way?


Is there a tablet in Google’s future with a three-dimensional, multitouch user interface? It’s increasingly likely, given that the search giant has just acquired BumpTop, a startup whose unique software creates a 3-D environment where users can toss files and folders around as though they were playing cards, stack them in related piles and “hang” them on the virtual walls. If Google is working on an iPad-style tablet, as many believe that it is, a BumpTop-style interface would be dramatic departure from the typical 2-D app/icon approach, and could provide a significant alternative to the look and feel of Apple’s iPad.

A post on the BumpTop website on Sunday confirmed the acquisition, and said the company’s existing software (which was available for both Windows and Mac computers) “will no longer be available for sale [and] no updates to the products are planned.” Despite this, however, sources say the purchase of the company isn’t just another case of Google “acqu-hiring” some talented developers (something it has been doing a lot of recently).

Instead, they say Google is looking at the company’s 3-D, multitouch interface — or elements of it — as a potential addition to a tablet device. Mark McQueen at Wellington Financial also seems to see the potential for this, saying in his blog post:

Given the arm wrestling going on between Apple and Google over who will have the sweetest user experience, Bumptop’s cool desktop and underlying technology are a natural piece of Google’s user interface puzzle as they prepare to take on the current kings of all consumer electronics. The ones down the street in Cupertino.

There’s no question that the iPad is a revolutionary device in many ways, with its form factor and multitouch interface, but the look of the desktop is surprisingly boring, with tiny app icons spread out in a typical desktop grid. If Google is looking for something more dramatic to set its own tablet-type device apart from the crowd, BumpTop’s 3-D desktop would certainly fit the bill. As shown in the video below, icons representing files and folders can be flipped, stacked, fanned out, resized and manipulated in various ways. And perhaps just as important, BumpTop also holds patents on its interface.



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That looks pretty cool. I'll buy it in a couple years when it comes out.


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That looks pretty cool. I'll buy it in a couple years when it comes out.
You can try it now for free on a desktop.
I included the DL link. They're leaving it up for free until May 7th as a "thank you" then pulling it down.



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Kinda pointless for a non touch screen desktop. Would have been awesome on iPad


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Kinda pointless for a non touch screen desktop. Would have been awesome on iPad
There are a handful of touchscreen tablet PC and netbooks out there. Everyone just focuses on Ipad because Jobs sprinkle magic pixie dust on it.

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Looks nice, with a lot of refinement it might equal the current iPad interface. Battery life will definitely be a concern.
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It would go great with Microsoft's surface after some refinement.


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Aren't people already running android on ipad/iphone? New spirit jailbreak as well.... open source tablet ftw!
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This is the best reply in youtube remarks...
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Believe it or not, a modern humans' workday does not consist of organizing their never ending pictures. What is it with this picture organizing UIs. Here's an a challenge: design a UI for me to be able to easily classify my 120 Gigabyte mp3 collection. Hint: it won't involve cropping images.
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Yeah, I downloaded it and played with it for a few minutes. Really kinda useless for a desktop or a laptop with someone using a mouse/keyboard. It actually takes longer to do certain tasks. Believe it or not, I don't like to keep 2000 photos or documents sitting on my desktop.

It would be a good fit for a tablet though, since its going to have less business power users and more casual users that are probably just using it for a way to organize/show off photos/surf the web/etc.


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Tag & Rename for tagging/organizing MP3s....FTMFW


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haven't heard of that...still trying to figure out MusicBrainz Picard, supposed to do it automatically but its a PITA to figure out
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