One of the most exciting things about the explosion of touchscreen technology is the impact it is going to have on the productivity of the average worker. When you have no other options, a keyboard and mouse are fine, but they're hardly the most efficient way to handle things. BumpTop, a graphical overlay that organizes your computer like an actual desk's top, is the first UI out there that fully takes advantage of the touchscreen.
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TechCrunch today posted a video of the BumpTop multi-touch UI in use. So far, it looks fantastic. BumpTop is really making the most out of multi-touch. They've created several new gestures, some of which (like 'scrunch') use all of your fingers. In fact, quite a few of the new gestures possible with BumpTop are patented to them.
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This UI is designed for Windows 7 computers at the moment, probably due to the fact that Win 7 is one of the few OSes with touchscreen support. I have to say, BumpTop looks much preferable to the traditional Windows UI. It allows you to do things like upload pictures or send email attachments with a single click. You can also edit images with just a swipe of your finger, opening Photoshop or Irfanviewer isn't necessary for basic cropping and cutting. The best thing about BumpTop is that it is totally free. The basic version costs nothing, and only lacks a few features like the ability to 'toss' files onto USB drives and flip through piles. For $29 though, you can purchase BumpTop Pro and say goodbye to the cloying confines of a traditional UI forever.