Draw without a "lag" - Imagine a computer with almost zero latency.
July 13, 2015
Pens that digitize your handwriting instantly & perfectly.
(Wired.com) “Think about how many things that are built start as a drawing,” Bathiche says. “Most things, right? Everything you’re wearing probably started as a drawing.”
You can’t type out the folds of a dress, or the gentle curves of a skyscraper. Drawing with your stubby finger on a touchscreen isn’t much better. Humans are tool-based creatures: Our fingers can do amazingly intricate things with a pen, a brush, or a scalpel, that we can’t replicate with a mouse or the pads of our fingers. Our computers are giving back that kind of detailed control. In turn, the pen is opening up new ways of digital expression, new tools for communication, new ways to interact with our tech.
Steven Bathiche, Director of Research at Microsoft’s Applied Sciences Group, hands me a pen. It’s a new pen, a prototype, but it’s actually the screen he’s excited about. In the meticulously organized lab he runs, inside Microsoft’s sprawling Redmond, WA, campus, he’s built a computer with almost zero latency—when you do something, the computer reacts instantly. Here, Bathiche has solved that infuriating problem where you write or draw on a screen, and the ink is always a half-second behind your finger. The latency is minimized to the point of inconsequentiality, and it feels amazing, like I’m actually writing ink on the glass. Next to it, there’s another demo where the glass is gone and you’re writing directly on the screen. That one feels even better.