On Monday Google announced the acquisition of the Canadian creation Bumptop

On Monday Google announced the acquisition of the Canadian creation Bumptop, the 3D organizing software that allows users to turn their desktop into true visual and tactile experience. Photos, documents, notes, etc. can be combined in a space similar to a physical desktop to be sorted, stacked and manipulated all with the swipe of a fingertip. Torontonian and former UofT alum Anand Agarawala created Bumptop as a project for his Masters Thesis in Computer Science. He created the company from scratch, and has managed and run all aspects of the company up until now. Wearing many hats, Agarawala has had his hands in everything from development and international sales, up to the Google acquisition. One of The Blog Studio staff was extremely fortunate to hear Agarawala speak in 2008 during a TED convention at the University of Toronto. At this time, Agarawala created big buzz on the TED circuit as an innovator and maverick, but publicly Bumptop remained relatively unknown in the crowded world of desktop apps. Agarawala’s presentation stood out and created a lasting impression on the audience. He led us through Bumptop’s different technological possibilities—which seemed almost limitless— and it was clear that this had changed interface expectations and brought user/desktop interactivity to a whole new level. Bumptop is best experienced firsthand, but we would like to share some of our experiences using the free version. In terms of usability, Bumptop is best suited to smartphones and other touch screen platforms. We are assuming Agarawala built Bumptop for touch screens and then ported it to other platforms, because of high user demand. This software defies and expands all expectations. If it’s used (as rumoured) on Google’s next Android smart phone I think consumers will quickly adapt Bumptop as the desktop interface of choice.

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