Microsoft Research heeft iets nieuws bedacht: de touch mouse. Het beest voelt wanneer je 'm aanraakt en afhankelijk daarvan kunnen er allerlei leuke events getriggerd worden:
The Touch Mouse can be used to simplify the user interface and reduce screen clutter by sensing the context of what the user is currently doing. In graphical user interfaces, there is a constant tension (due to limited screen real estate) between UI that is up all the time versus having the maximum possible screen real estate allocated to the user's document itself.
However, observe that most UI widgets can only be used when the user is holding the mouse. If the user is not holding the mouse, the widgets often serve no purpose and only get in the way. Thus, Touch and Release events from a touch-sensitive mouse can be used to fade in or fade out portions of the user interface based on which input device(s) the user is currently holding.
For example, the figure below shows a time series where toolbars and scrollbars fade out when the user lets go of the mouse, thus allocating maximum display real estate to the document itself during text entry or reading of the document. When the user once again touches the mouse, the toolbars and scrollbars fade back in quickly for immediate use.
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