Do you remember back in 2006 when a 3D desktop called BumpTop was buzzing around the Internet? A prototype was supposed to be available “soon,” and the middle of last year we were awestruck once again when BumpTop was demonstrated at the TED Conference. Here we are a year and a half later and we’re still not able to download it.
Hope is not lost though! A new product, called Real Desktop, aims to do what we expected from BumpTop. You can drag/throw your icons around to
relieve some anger organize the desktop, and the surface is reflective to add some extra eye candy.
Performance wise it’s not bad, and the system requirements are pretty reasonable. I just don’t feel like a program like this is for me. I’m normally a sucker for eye candy, but not when it affects my productivity. I think this is one of those things that you show your friends, and then don’t really use after that.
It costs $26 (can be installed on 3 computers) if you want all of the bells and whistles, otherwise a freeware version will ease the burden on your pocketbook. Real Desktop will run on both Windows XP and Vista.