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Multitouch 'clearly the future,' Palm says

LAS VEGAS - Palm Inc.'s Pre smart phone and mobile operating system, announced at the Consumer Electronics Show Thursday, demonstrate how devices must become more human-friendly to meet people's needs, company officials and industry observers say.

The touch-sensitive Pre and its gesture-operated Palm WebOS, to launch exclusively on the Sprint GSM network some time in the first half of 2009, are the latest among a range of products on display at the CES whose controls rely on normal human movement.

"It's clearly the future to be directly manipulating the information," Matias Duarte, Palm's senior director of user experience and human interface told The Globe and Mail. "It's clear to anyone who's used this type of interface."

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