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Microsoft Research shows off simultaneous thumb and pen interaction on Windows 10 tablets

Microsoft Research has taken to YouTube to show off its research into interacting with Windows 10 tablets using your thumb and a pen simultaneously, allowing the two input methods to work together to interact with the device in a quicker, more seamless manner.

Using radial-like menus with their thumb, the user is able to change how the pen interacts with the tablet. Additionally, it shows how a thumb can still interact with a dropdown-like interface through radio menus. There are a variety of scenarios when these inputs can be used, such as working in an Excel document, using a web browser or in a drawing application.

It almost removes the need for traditional right-click context menus on most elements for tablets, requiring only thumb and pen input.

As this was a research project, it is not destined to become reality, at least not currently. However, it is nice to see what interaction with a tablet device could look like in the future.

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Would you like to be able to interact with a Windows 10 tablet using your thumb and a pen?