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ITP Thesis shows that the touchscreen is not enough

The touchscreen has revolutionized the last decade, and it will continue to improve this decade. However, this ITP thesis by Michael Kneupfel for NYU’s design program has shown that the touchscreen could use a little more accessories.
There is a video after the jump so you can see what he has in mind. The one in the picture is for pulses, and I am not certain what to use that for. However, there are a few things that are pretty much self-explanatory.
For example, there are two types of pens, and one of them allows for some intriguing shapes like a traditional thick marker pen. The other is used for making some interesting shapes.
The most intriguing of them is this weird toy robot that moves its arm as the user brings his or her finger closer to it. It is the one at the end of the video, and I can’t help but wonder if some toy company is planning some new line of action figures because of it.
Whatever the case, I think it shows that having a touchscreen is only the beginning. That iDevice may think that it is all that, but after all this, it seems very incomplete.

Extending the Touchscreen – ITP Thesis Teaser from Michael Knuepfel on Vimeo.