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).
From: Fast Company Issue 112 | February 2007 | Page 86 | By: Adam L.
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.