Microsoft Multi Touch Optimized Applications & Games For Windows 7
Microsoft has announced the “Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7”, exactly after a year of new operating system’s multi-touch capabilities announcement. Windows 7 Touch Pack is a set of Six games and applications which are optimized for Multi-touch PC’s. It comprises of 3 games and 3 MS surface applications. The touch Pack is available for PC makers who has the option of installing the software on touch-ready systems. Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 consists of Surface Globe, Surface Collage, Blackboard, Rebound, Garden Pond, Surface Globe and the Surface Lagoon screen saver.
Microsoft Surface Globe shows you the whole world in 3D with its Virtual Earth 3D engine. You can navigate to different regions, you can get local information and “pin” your favorite locations apart from flying around 3D models of buildings in some cities.. It also makes Google maps look low-tech by comparison.
In Microsoft Surface Collage users can re-size and organize digital photos using their fingertips. Photos can also be arranged to create personalized desktop backgrounds. Once you arrange the photos as you like, it’s simple to save your collage and make it your desktop background.
Microsoft Surface Lagoon is a screen saver which recreates the natural environment of water and schooling fish. You can use the multi-touch to interact with the fish, by rippling your fingers and the fish gathers around as you press down.
In Microsoft Blackboard you can solve a puzzle game of physics by creating a nifty machine on the virtual blackboard. It allows the users to use their gestures to build a virtual machine of gears, fans, seesaws etc.
Microsoft Garden Pond application is a modern version of the Zen garden which allows you to guide your Origami creations around the peaceful ponds and pools with your fingers.
Microsoft Rebound is an electrified version of air hockey which can be played online against the computer or your friend.
All these touch applications reveal that how the “Touch Screen Technology” will change the way to interact with computers. You will need to have a Windows PC that supports Multi-touch so that you can start to explore the above applications.