Google borgs 3D desktop
BumpTop goes to Mountain View
Google has acquired Bump Technologies, a more-than-three-year-old startup that offers a 3D desktop interface known as, well, BumpTop.
Bump announced the deal with a post to its website. "More than three years ago, we set out to completely change the way people use their desktops," the company said. "Thanks again for all your support over the years. Despite our change in strategy, we remain as passionate as ever about helping shape the future of computing."
Google confirmed the deal with a brief email. "We're happy to welcome BumpTop to Google, but we don't have many details to share," a company spokesman told us.
BumpTop is no longer available for sale, and the company says that no updates to the product are planned. However, it will continue to offer a free version of the product for "the next week".
Those who have sprung for the for-pay "Pro" version of Bump can go to bumptop.com/pro for more information.
BumpTop runs on both Windows and Mac OS X. It debuted in April 2009, after a demo of the product spent more than two years lingering on YouTube. In essence, this 3D interface seeks to pile applications on your virtual computer desktop in much the same way you would on your real world desktop. No, really. You can see the YouTube demo here:
One OS to rule them all.
So - Win and Mac already done, just solaris/SunOS and Linux to go - then we can all use just the one GUI layer, regardless of the hardware and underlying OS that it runs on.
I can't wait.
Yep, I agree. It reminds me of seeing demos of how we'll all supermarket shop in the future, by pushing virtual trolleys down virtual aisles and having to drag and drop items from the shelves into the trolley! What a PITA that would be. Modelling physical processes is rarely successful, the computer ought to be able to make things far more efficient than that.
Stacked Papers Are Expressive Of....
...the quality of disorganization naturally attending upon disorganized personal and organization-level working processes. So, they propose to codify that quality of essential disorganization, in an item of software? Are they that far beholden to analog process?
At the very least, it makes for an example of novel human-computer interface design - at some sort of an academic level, albeit - not necessarily practical, in that.
I can't believe it would be regarded as anything more than an academic "proof of concept", though. In that, at a conceptual level, perhaps it might serve as a fine example of cheesing-up the GUI in absence of an adequate data system design,
At the practical level, what it is? An item of software supporting a lot of novel actions for some three-dimensional document icons, and graphically rendering those icons in novel ways.
It begs the question: Why?