Dear Microsoft: Last Words and Clarifications

We sincerely thank Microsoft for giving us the opportunity to work with the TouchMouse and WIndows 8.

We wanted re-answer the questions asked during the presentation, just in case, if there was not a lot of clarity:

1. The number of gestures are the same

2. Complete Gesture Cheat sheet

Three Fingers Up: The new task switching for x86 apps (or desktop class apps).

Three Fingers Down: Show desktop (but if while switching between apps using three finger up and if you do this gesture, you will go back to the previously swithced app).

Two Fingers Up/Down: Semantic Zoom on/off (in the desktop app – maximize minimize).

Two Fingers right/left: Back/Front (In Metro apps & Desktop app. We left out snap because it already quite intuitive).

3. Why three finger up to switch between apps, why not thumb flick?

While switching within open items in an app (say different tabs in IE) we want the user to track the next item naturally. The thumb flick direction helps them to see the next item. Another approach here could be expand all the preview tabs of the app (those small things in the task bar) and use the thumb to switch. This would still make the thumb flick more intuitive.

4.  How is the new task switching more efficient than Mac’s expose?

Expose: Three/Four finger up + Identify item (you are switching line of site) +Move cursor _ Click

Our Method: Three finger up (2 -3 times) .. you are gold. Doing repetitive gestures has lesser cognitive load.

Our video was largely successful online and was viewed by viewers from 33 Countries in 36 hours. People said they are looking forward for gestures in Windows 8. 

We would really love to see these ideas take shape into the final product. We would love to know the progress on the redesign of the TouchMouse. Please let us know if you think we could be of any help. Feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments or email us.


Video: The project in a nutshell



Hope you love our video. We put of a lot of effort behind it (most of it to deal with the bugs of iMovie). We recommend that you watch it in a full screen. Happy watching, we are planning to put up mini videos of the ideas in detail, shortly.

Impressions from the street…

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We showed the mouse to our friends and played with it for a while now. When we realized the world was ready to see it, we let the cat Mouse out of the bag. We waited until the release of the Windows consumer preview to make sure that users see a build that is close to the final release.

Read on to look at our findings…

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Engadget: The Peripheral Of The Year 2011

Source: Engadget Distro

Engadget is one the most widely read blogs in the world and it is also arguably the most influential tech blog in the United States. Today, Engadget readers have voted the Touch Mouse as the Peripheral of the Year (2011).

Our Hearty Congratulations to the team at Microsoft Hardware. We are excited to work on this project, more than ever.