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Postby The00Dustin » 03 Aug 2005, 12:34

OK, the Mitsubishi idea sounds plausible, I even remember reading about the original patent being for a multitouch surface that was (or was the size of) a desk. But why would Mitsubishi want a NDA? I mean, their product isn't exactly something that end users like ourselves could buy or talk our companies out of buying if the need existed.
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Postby Rqyteqto » 03 Aug 2005, 18:33

Yah, a mystery wrapped in an enigma hidden in a puzzle concealed within the original mystery. At this point, I feel Mitsubishi is the best candidate for 'the buyer' but there are as many questions with them as any other candidate. Heck, we don't even know if there is an NDA, its such a simple thing to say as there's no way to prove or disprove its existence. Fact is we don't know anything for sure other than FingerWorks is no longer open for business and there aren't any products for sale except through resale channels.

All we can do is wait and in the meanwhile, take as good care of our collector's items as we can.
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Postby moof » 04 Aug 2005, 00:10

Interesting - they mention FingerWorks as a reference on this page...

http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=502389
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Postby -jeffB » 04 Aug 2005, 17:32

moof wrote:Interesting - they mention FingerWorks as a reference on this page...

http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=502389


Yes, but in 2001 they were still calling it the "FingerBoard", and it still wasn't shipping.
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Postby Rqyteqto » 10 Aug 2005, 16:24

Don't know if this is of any use or meaning, perhaps its been seen and reviewed already, but just in case that's not the case, here goes:

http://www.csl.mtu.edu/cs3611/www/Lectu ... ks/MTS.htm

http://ergo.human.cornell.edu/Conferenc ... HFES03.pdf

It also appears The Human Solution (http://www.thehumansolution.com/pad.html) has a limited number (100+/-) of iGesture pads available at $199. This is apparently the last of the retail stock available.
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Postby ivanw » 10 Aug 2005, 20:43

Good finding, these documents, thanks to Rqyteqto.
But for this summary of Westerman dissertation, I can tell you that, even if it's much more lengthy, the original dissertation is also more interesting to read, look at figures, ...and understand :!:
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Postby isaacs » 25 Aug 2005, 05:39

Yeah I found this in the fingerworks forum posted by an admin.

"Yes, the whole desk was part of our original vision (and patent). But it will still be a couple years before plastic transistor arrays that size will be cheap and reliable enough for a pratical product."

There you have it.
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