BumpTop today launched their new visual approach to the computer desktop. BumpTop combines the look and feel of a real desk with the power of a computer. It lets users spatially organize and share their files and photos with their social contacts, while adding search and sort capabilities to enhance productivity and deliver a unique 3D computer desktop.

Previously featured at TED, the annual invitation-only Technology, Entertainment, Design conference, the BumpTop beta video has been viewed over 3.2 million times on YouTube:


Direct link via YouTube here.

“Research shows that just about everyone creates piles on their real desks, and many people rely on piling and stacking to keep organized. In contrast, the PC desktop forces users into inflexible folder hierarchies, and has maintained the same rigid and flat look and feel for decades,” said BumpTop co-founder and CEO Anand Agarawala, in the press release. “BumpTop takes advantage of how human beings work and play using real interactions like tossing, piling and bumping. It increases productivity, connects you to your social networks and just makes life easier.”

BumpTop is currently Windows-only — face it, they need all the help they can get — but Mac and Linux versions are in the works.

Key features include:

• Intuitive Organization: BumpTop uses the power of the PC to let users quickly and easily find the files they’re looking for. Frequently-used files actually appear larger and heavier than lesser-used ones, becoming visually more important. Users can search by keyword and quickly gather related files into a pile, toss them directly onto a USB key or attach them to a new email, all in one step.

• Productivity Enhancer: BumpTop is your digital assistant and can instantly clean up users’ cluttered desks with “Auto Pile,” intelligently organizing their documents into tidy piles without losing instant access to everything.

• The Social Desktop: BumpTop lets users stay connected with their social networks. Users can toss photos to Twitter and Facebook in just two steps. Users can also pin up photo frames on their BumpTop walls, cycling through the latest photos from Flickr, Picasa or other photo RSS feeds.

• Personalized User Interface: BumpTop gives users a customizable desk and walls to create whatever look they like, using a variety of user-created themes or generating their own. The walls are perfect for pinning up Sticky Notes, photos or important documents.

“BumpTop is bringing a new level of fun and interactivity to desktop PCs,” said Jeff Herbst, vice president of business development of NVIDIA, in the press release. “Harnessing the capabilities of a graphics processor, BumpTop creates a 3D representation of your own desk, and this will dramatically change the way people interact with their files, photos, videos and more.”

BumpTop was designed from the ground up with touch input in mind, while maintaining ease of use and full functionality for mouse use.

The Pro version of BumpTop is available immediately for download at www.BumpTop.com for US$29. A free version is also available for users who would like to try out BumpTop before buying.