This new Google New York project at nycgo.com, using Google Maps and Earth with lots of local data is neat. But where it gets really incredible is the touchscreen interface that reminds me of Minority Report. Specifically, I’m thinking about the large immersive gesture system that Tom Cruise uses to gather information about his situation.
Which is, of course, already something of a reality! Jeff Han demonstrated a large multitouch screen with correspondingly incredible user interface at TED in 2006. Now Art Lebedev of Optimus Maximus keyboard fame is working on the Optimus Tactus, a concept keyboard where the keys are replaced with a touch screen, and the “keyboard” itself becomes reconfigurable to suit the application – keys for typing, mixer controls for audio, video jogs and patches, and so on.