This past summer, Erik Paluka, Meng-Wei (Daniel) Chang, and Zach Cook from the vialab entered the UIST Student Innovation Contest. The goal of the contest was to create novel interactions on state-of-the-art hardware. Synaptics provided them with a pre-production trackpad prototype that can detect pressure and location for up to five fingers. With this trackpad, the vialab members created an application prototype called “Multiple Independent Semantic Text Selection Using Pressure”, which allows users to quickly select multiple words, sentences, or paragraphs using multiple cursors and pressure. On October 8, 2012, Erik Paluka presented the group’s demo at UIST 2012 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.