Perceptive Pixel is a
startup founded by Jeff Han. Working all but alone from his
hardware-strewn office, Jeff Han is about to change the face of
computing. Not even the big boys are likely to catch him. Jeff Han and
Phil Davidson shows how a multi-touch computer screen will change the
way we work (and play).
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Penenberg Until now, the touch screen has been limited to the
uninspiring sort found at an ATM or an airport ticket kiosk--basically
screens with electronic buttons that recognize one finger at a time.
Han's touch display, by contrast, redefines the way commands are given
to a computer: It uses both movement and pressure--from multiple inputs,
whether 2 fingers or 20--to convey information to the silicon brain
under the display. Already, industries and companies as diverse as
defense contractor Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), CBS (NYSE:CBS) News,
Pixar (NYSE:DIS), and unnameable government intelligence agencies have
approached Han to get hold of his invention. And, no surprise, he has
formed a startup company to market it, Perceptive Pixel. "Touch is one
of the most intuitive things in the world," Han says. "Instead of being
one step removed, like you are with a mouse and keyboard, you have
direct manipulation. It's a completely natural reaction--to see an
object and want to touch it." On a recent Tuesday afternoon, Han gives
me a private demonstration at NYU. The 36-inch-wide drafting table he
used at TED has since evolved into a giant screen: two 8-foot-by-3-foot
panels. I notice the screen is not only smudge resistant but durable--or
as Han says, "peanut butter--proof," a phrase he didn't invent but liked
enough to co-opt.