Canonical Demos uTouch

Oct 18, 2010

These are exciting times for Ubuntu as uTouch and Unity bring together optimization and touch gestures to the ever-changing desktop.

Canonical released a video demonstration of uTouch on the Unity desktop via Ubuntu Developers on BlipTV. On his blog, Duncan McGreggor, Engineering Manager of Product Strategy, points out that the uTouch stack is new with Ubuntu 10.10.

McGreggor writes, “This video shows off most of the touch capabilities that were integrated into Unity for Maverick. Neil Patel (fellow Big Lebowski fan) and John Lea will be working very closely together during Natty to expand this feature set to take more advantage of the gesture capabilities of uTouchSimlarly, Henrik Rydberg will be working with them to enhance the uTouch gesture engine. And all of us will be working on the newest addition to the uTouch family that Mark mentioned in his blog post: a gesture language.”

With planning for the next Ubuntu release, Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) starting at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in a few days, I couldn’t help but wonder what is in store for uTouch. McGreggor links to the DRAFT of Unity Gesture UI Guidelines and also provides a concise lists of gestures that were demonstrated in in the video.

For more information on uTouch and Unity, click here.

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