By Deane Barker on June 21, 2006

BumpTop Prototype : This is farily insane. It’s a prototype of a Windows desktop replacement that emulates real-word physics and real-word methods that people use to organize stuff on their real desks.

Keepin’ it Real: Pushing the Desktop Metaphor with Physics, Piles and the Pen

Watch the YouTube video. At first, I though it was fluff, but as the video went on, I can see how this would be really intuitive.



  1. Looks really cool, but I don’t know if I can give up my boring folders yet. Unfortunatly, boring manilla desktop folders is my reality.

    BTW, what’s with the old school rapper $$$ jewelry in the first bit of the clip???

  2. i wondered about the folder thing too. i dont think it would superceed folders, maybe it will work with them. like if you had a folder with 1000 images from a sequence.

  3. I see it as being a very inefficient, pretty way to deal with a low amount of data – the pen-pressure system naturally eliminates scalability, as well as accessability for many people outside of the design field, is counter-intuitive to native mouse users, and is cost-prohibitive.

    As a product, it seems innefficient in terms of processing power to gained efficiency, also. Either the system would have to be disabled when running highly process-demanding applications and processes, or the system would likely lag.

    Also, I don’t think that the point “Vincent Vega” made is necessarily valid – browsing a folder with 1000 sequenced items, such as photographs, would not work with this system at all – every image you have is now a seperate texture and at least (if not crumpled or folded) 6 polygons. That is a whole heck of a lot of processing for a background process like file management. This seems like a fun gizmo which would get a few guys in a programming class an A-/A grade on a final project, but in terms of market feasability, it’s capable of working for grandma or the kids (who won’t use it,) but not for major market-based applications.

    As a photographer, musician, webdesigner, and artist, I have to deal with (hold on, let me count) an archive of 736,421 files and growing every day (and those are just project files such as sounds, images, music samples, program links, and text files.) There is no way in hell that a professional could use a product like this efficiently in this state. Especially without file names. What good is a “Tidy Pile” of three thousand sound samples that are completely indistinguishable from each other? What good is browsing a “Messy Pile” of 100,000 images in 15,000 folder groupings when they lag the system so much that you can’t use your photo software suite to open them.

    Pretty, intuitive, and utterly worthless. It should have a nice future next to the dock feature in new Macs. That’s about it.

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