The Evolving Computer Desktop

In this video from 2007, Anand Agarawala demonstrates his BumpTop software, an alternative “desktop” interface for computers that allows users to interact with their files within a 3-dimensional interface.

Google acquired BumpTop in 2010.

Recently, Google previewed the newest version of the Android operating system, specifically geared towards tablets. Industry watchers speculate that the new operating system uses elements of BumpTop’s 3D desktop metaphor:

TED – Anand Agarawala demos BumpTop

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