Tiered of desktop clutter? Here's new alternative to the old desktop metaphor: The Bumptop PC.

Anand Agarawala, the creator of this concept says about his vision:

"The PC desktop was supposed to be a metaphor for managing our files. But my real desk looks nothing like my desktop. I have all these piles subtly arranged on top of each other in a way that may look chaotic to someone else but is personally meaningful to me. The idea was, How can we bring that feeling onto the desktop?"

The Bumptop interface uses lighting, shading, and animation techniques borrowed from the world of video-game development, along with a so-called physics engine that makes the icons move as if they were subject to real gravity, momentum, and friction.

Agarawala believes it's worth a few extra CPU cycles to add realistic spatial cues to the static, 2-D graphical user interfaces (GUIs) that have been a mainstay of personal computing since the debut of the Apple Macintosh in 1984.

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