Pretty sweet right? You’re looking at the inside of VW’s third iteration of their Space Up! — the Space Up! blue — just revealed at the LA auto show. Now try this on. Reader Joona wonders if this is the result of recent collaborations between Apple and VW. After thinking about it some, we’re starting to wonder too. As Autoblog describes it, the concept touchscreen monitor “controls all conceivable functions” and is meant to demonstrate how future human-machine interfaces might look and operate. The touchscreen (no mention of multi-touch support) uses proximity sensors to react to gestures, apparently, without actually touching the display. The user can simply touch the “main menu carousel” to navigate to the desired category or manipulate the system with simple hand gestures near the display. Autoblog says, “Visually, this control is just as spectacular as it is intuitive.” Now, chew on this for a second. VW announced earlier this week that all new VW models in 2008 2009 will have touchscreens. Is this what Apple has in store for us at January’s MacWorld? Who knows, but it’s a compelling story, eh?
Anyone else think that having no tactile response on your car dash might not be such a hot idea? I mean, we can change the radio, turn on cruise control, and make the A/C go from hot to cold, all without taking our eyes off the road. Would you be able to do that with this sort of interface? Seems unlikely and more than a little dangerous.
Read more (plus video) at Engadget.