From the last few months, its clear that many of the vendors are seeing the future as having us using both hands to interact with our 3d datasets. SolidWorks espoused the Multi-Touch user interface at the recent SolidWorks World and Autodesk has been banging on about for a while too. Having just acquired a Macbook Air, which features all of the multi-touch work from Apple, I have agree that its pretty dammed compelling.
What’s interesting is that the last example, Autodesk, now has access to all of the technology that Alias’ Applied Sciences department dream’t under the guidance of Bill Buxton (www.billbuxton.com). I wish I could find one of their CDs that they distributed in the late 1990s. They had some incredible technology that’s still pretty cutting edge today.