Daily Archives: March 1, 2011

A Look Into Your Future


Remember the 2002 movie “Minority Report” with Tom Cruise, directed by Steven Spielberg? We were all WOWed by the touch screen computer display (well, actually he never did “touch” it) Cruise so deftly manipulated to access huge amounts of data.

It was imagined by some and made possible by others.

As everyone knows, touch screen technology is already here. In 2006, four years ago, Jeff Han, research scientist for New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, demonstrated touch screen technology. “The interface disappears.” said Han, and this was the way humans should interact with computers.

In May 2007, Bill Gates demonstrated Microsoft’s “Surface” table top computer on the NBC Today Show, and again WOWed us with available technology – in less than five years from when we were WOWed by Spielberg.

iPad was introduced in January 2010 with touch screen technology that was accessible to everyone, making us all feel empowered like Cruise to do amazing things with just a touch. Smartphones are using the same touch technology with pure human – computer interface.

If you watch the new “Hawaii Five-O” TV show, you’ve seen the 4ft x 8ft desktop computer display that transitions desktop images to a wall display at the flick of a finger. (Inside the headquarters of Hawaii’s coolest crime-fighters) Of course, with the explosion of thumb and forefinger, or use of two handed manipulation like Jeff Han demonstrated, the display images are expanded, shrunk and arranged as easily as we saw Tom Cruise doing it. Executive Producer Peter Lenkov said “I explained early on to folks on the crew that the Surface Table was our ‘dinner table,’ a place where our ‘family’ gathered, talked, solved problems.” Even the dinner table has a new definition in the 21st Century.

Prepare to be WOWed again. Spend 5:33 minutes in the world of tomorrow – which may be sooner than you think. Corning [Glass] Incorporated’s presentation “A Day Made of Glass… Made possible by Corning” will amaze you.

Imagine touch screen technology in your library! Touch the OPAC screen to search for what you want. Browsers (people who browse) can touch the display at the end of the book stack to reveal hidden treasures. Touch the library calendar / events signboard display to reveal future library events, or schedule your own future event.

What can you imagine for your library that others will make real?

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