While multitouch on cellphones and tablets has taken off, using it on laptops and desktop machines especially never really got going. Is it because there is still a disconnect between the screen and the input devices due to the use of a mouse and keyboard? Maybe, and a few companies are trying to break that setup such as Acer with its Iconia laptop experiment.That’s a laptop solution, though. What about desktop touch interfaces? That’s where BendDesk comes in. It’s a research project being carried out by Malte Weiss, Simon Voelker, Jan Borchers from the Media Computing Group, and Christine Sutter from the Department of Work and Cognitive Psychology. It aims to replace the typical mouse, keyboard, and display setup with a single curved display.AdChoices广告BenDesk is described as follows:BendDesk is a multi-touch desk environment that seamlessly combines a vertical and a horizontal surface with a curve into one large interactive workspace. This workspace can be used to display any digital content like documents, photos, or videos. Multi-touch technology allows the user to interact with the entire surface using direct manipulation and multi-touch gestures. We took special care for ergonomics. Users can comfortably sit at the desk and place everyday objects on it. The BenDesk is constructed using two projectors, three cameras, and some IR-LED strips set into a desk. The user can sit as they normally would, but instead of having a mouse and keyboard the entire surface of the desk is interactive as you can see in the video.Read more at The Media Computing GroupMatthew’s OpinionI think there are a number of issues associated with switching to touchscreen input on a PC or laptop. The main one for me is the typing aspect. While tablets and cellphones involve typing, it’s not a major past time on the devices. They are setup for tap and drag interaction and content viewing. Working on a PC involves a lot of typing, which on a sheet of glass would get frustrating and probably painful after a period of time.What BendDesk seems to solve is the issue of interacting with a screen while sitting at a desk. Reaching over your keyboard to touch a screen does not feel natural. But having a single curved surface looks like it would work well. The whole desk is an interaction point which sits a lot better with me as a usable solution.I think BendDesk will remain a concept for the time being. If it can be produced cheaply then we may see it become an actual product, but the question is, would anyone want to use it instead of their keyboard and mouse?