Multitouch software development

Shannon asks in an IM message:

“Saw your posts about multitouch. How do you think this interface technology will impact software engineering and what kinds of applications can be developed?”

Good question! I’m not sure it will impact software engineering much at first. It’s the end user that will experience the biggest revolution. I guess Apple would have to make a set of tools for software developers, and these wouldn’t have to be much different than the ones used today for trackpads and other input devices.

Applications? I have mentioned a few examples at the end of the “Multitouch will revolutionize your computer” post. With examples how multitouch could change (a lot) existing apps in Mac OS X.

New applications? I’ll have tgo think about that. Give me a day or two. And if you have any suggestions, feel free to use the comments.