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Carleton University Professor Robert Biddle and graduate student Max Hlywa

Carleton University Professor of Human-Computer Interaction Robert Biddle (left) and graduate student Max Hlywa at work on a touch-screen device.

Credit: Chris Mikula / Canwest News Service

Carleton University professor Robert Biddle is one of 12 scientists working on the Digital Surface Software Application Network (SurfNet) project, which is developing next-generation touch-screen technology. Biddle believes that by coupling new software with existing touch-screen devices, it will be easier for users to share ideas.

For example, architects and engineers could use SurfNet to construct virtual buildings, which they piece together with virtual building blocks, enabling a new level of collaboration among professionals that is not possible today.

"New multi-touch technology will allow big displays to be used by more than one person at a time," Biddle says. "People working around the conference table, sketching things, and showing them to one another in parallel. We think this has a lot of potential."

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