According to a great blog post at Robinz CAD Blog, we're seeing the results of Autodesk's 2007 acquisition of SkyMatter, as Autodesk recently exhibited their "Mudbox" interface.
The Mudbox was demonstrated on a rather gigantic touch screen (we'd like to see the shipping crate for that one), but we suspect the technology would function on lesser touchscreens as well. By using multitouch gestures, Mudbox permits designers to shape their objects merely by twisting and dragging in a manner that is reminiscent of clay modeling, not 21st Century CAD. Be sure to watch the video to see how it really works.
We think that an interface like this could lower barriers for entry into the design space for many people. And more designers means more demand for software and devices, which should in theory lower prices, thus increasing demand, and so on. Best of all, it should increases the flow of creative objects.
One more thing: Has Apple seen this interface?
Via Robinz CAD Blog