I’m not sure I can see how applicable this sort of interface would be for typical computing, unless it could be blown up to a large scale and used on a construction site or something. What I’m more interested in are the possibilities of what could be gained from using this as a brainstorm tool: by interacting with the mud, what sort of cool new interactions can we create? What sort of gestures can we think of for a flat surface? Or maybe we can get ideas for a new peripheral device? Tom Gerhardt, the creator of Mud Tub seems to think somewhere along the same lines:
With my most current work, the Mud Tub, I am particularly excited to see the impact mud has on an user’s attitude toward interacting with computers; they instantly seem to “feel at home,” as if they had found something missing. This spark I see in people is what keeps my research into organic interfaces moving forward
I guess we can all wait and see… Or better yet, take a part in all of this brainstormy goodness. Share your thoughts and ideas in general over at the NUI Group.
Thanks again to that clever monkey for the mud tub news.