Saturday, June 20, 2009

Great Review of Nokia N97 Interface.



Thanks to Phone Arena for consistently busting out great reviews!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Multitouch Application Round Up, Jun 18

Several Important Trends are Emerging

1. We are seeing more explorations of how cameras and touch interfaces can work in concert to provide richer user experiences. This trend has been building for a coupe of months now, but it's starting to pick up steam.

2. Non-Apple mobile vendors are starting to put out more advances multitouch devices, so we are also starting to see real experimentation here..

3. Better binding between UX and Visual Design. It seems like designers and developers are startign to work better together.

Useless Face Tracking



Useful Face Tracking
Sweet Idea About Using Front Facing Eye Tracking in Mobile Devices, From TAT



Projectors on Mobile Phones

For the record, Im getting obsessed with projectors in mobile phones. I think it's gonna be the next big thing. Heres a prototype of a game mechanic.



Identity Mine and Solid Works 3D File Viewer For Surface


Phenom Blue Does a Medical Visualization on Surface
It's kinda cool for a guided tour. I'd like to see more client interaction though.



Note to self, that's the last time I eat cake!


Interesting Mapping App
I like the "Tractor Beams" that visually bind content together.






Nice Student Project





Palm Pre Review

I like how Palm has used the corners of the screen to call up background apps, like music.



Preview of Samsung Jet

The navigation with using accelerometers doesn't really seem to work, but it's an interesting idea.



Direct Manipulating Video From 22 Miles

Multitouch Application Round Up, Jun 18

Several Important Trends are Emerging

1. We are seeing more explorations of how cameras and touch interfaces can work in concert to provide richer user experiences. This trend has been building for a coupe of months now, but it's starting to pick up steam.

2. Non-Apple mobile vendors are starting to put out more advances multitouch devices, so we are also starting to see real experimentation here..

3. Better binding between UX and Visual Design. It seems like designers and developers are startign to work better together.

Useless Face Tracking



Useful Face Tracking
Sweet Idea About Using Front Facing Eye Tracking in Mobile Devices, From TAT



Projectors on Mobile Phones

For the record, Im getting obsessed with projectors in mobile phones. I think it's gonna be the next big thing. Heres a prototype of a game mechanic.



Identity Mine and Solid Works 3D File Viewer For Surface


Phenom Blue Does a Medical Visualization on Surface
It's kinda cool for a guided tour. I'd like to see more client interaction though.



Note to self, that's the last time I eat cake!


Interesting Mapping App
I like the "Tractor Beams" that visually bind content together.






Nice Student Project





Palm Pre Review

I like how Palm has used the corners of the screen to call up background apps, like music.



Preview of Samsung Jet

The navigation with using accelerometers doesn't really seem to work, but it's an interesting idea.



Direct Manipulating Video From 22 Miles

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Interecting Multitouch Wall from Schematic

A touch wall app that does more than sort photos....Finally!

Touchwall Demo from Joel on Vimeo.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Insanely Great Video of IPhone Ported to 24" Display

Even if this whiffs of fakery, it's a compelling idea and a great visualization! Add some mark up menus and an appropriate keyboard and people will be tearing these off the shelves.



I swears Apple's its not working on a porting the iphone OS to a tablet or a netbook. Tim Cook told us that a multitouch tablet/netbook experience wouldn't be compelling. He wouldn't lie would he? Naw, never. These are not the droids you're looking for.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Some Sweet Imagination from Imaginary Forces.

All controllers should be this cool!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Multitouch Industry Profiled in NY Times

My favorite tidbit, Corel is likely making multitouch image editing software! In previous videos from Adobe, we saw what looked like a paint demo using a pressure sensitive display. This is gonna be fun days!

More After This Link

Monday, June 8, 2009

Video Overview of Cool 3D Controllers

This video shows a broad range of controllers that can be used to manipulate 3D objects. These guys are trying to sell a CAD plugin, but Win7 makes really easy to hack most of this stuff yourself.

C4D CamGripTools from Cinema 4D Tutorials on Vimeo.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Proof that Multitouch Isn't Intuitive

This study entitled, "How People Really Use the iPhone" provides some great insight into what works and what doesn't work in touch interfaces.



It ends with 8 Rules of Thumb that sound pretty good to me.

1. Take Advantage of Learned Behaviors

2. Avoid Interaction Inconsistencies

3. Provide Clear Conceptual Link Between Widgets

4. Put Space Between Action Widgets

5. Plan for Accidental Overswiping

6. Don't rely exclusively on Multitouch

7. Provide Visual Feedback For Taps

8. Provide Interaction Affordances


Thanks to http://www.touchuserinterface.com for hunting this one down.

Multitouch 3D CAD App from Space Claim

Touch sensor manufacturer nTrig demo'd a number of partner Apps at SID. The one that gets me the most excited is a 3D CAD app. It's at about 2:15. Check it out.




What do you think? Is this smoke and mirrors or is it the real thing?

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Google's Amazing Visual Search Feature: Wonder Wheel

Google has always been good at helping us find the things we know we want. It's limitation has been in helping us find the things we don't know how to ask for. Visual search interfaces are fantastic because they help us look at search results in juxtaposition to similar content.

Click here to check it out.




Here's great video of the other options available in Google Search:



Thanks to infosthetics for finding this goodness.

Sony Delivers a Great Demo at E3

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

First Demo on Surface SP1 from Cynergy



This definitely gets props for pushing the bounds aesthetically and demoing some great ideas. It could become even better by following a couple of principals enhance usability.

Public facing applications demand design that communicates incredibly well. Every interaction needs to be highly discoverable...especially when targeted at the broad age range of Cruise passengers.

The graphic and motion design of controllers should always make clear:
- What they do
- How they affect content
- How users can step back from any mistake they may make.

For instance, the demo above shows a whole timeline for the day. Usability would be improved if the content and controllers were visually coupled in a more obvious way.

One solution might be to have a duplicate slider that is associated with each piece of content and a confirmation button that allows user to order the desired adventure.

Newly Found Microsoft Future Vision Video

This looks like it's a couple of years old, but it's new to me.



There's some really nice interaction in this video. It's interesting to see the evolution of MS's interactive vision as it becomes more concrete.

Join Us Tomorrow for Some Multitouch Imbibation at Internet Week '09

A number of leading multitouch designers will be congregating at Clo Wine Bar, the first major permanent multitouch installation in New York talk about creating place-based interactive experiences.



I'll be there, along with:


Jared Schiffman, Principal, Potion Design
Jared will talk about designing Clo's interactive tables.

Brian Smith, Manager of Clo
Brian will talk about how the interactive tables impact the service experience

William Henry, Former sommelier at Daniel and Rouge Tomate, two of the top ranked restaurants in New York
William will take us on a tasting journey through the virtual wine country

David Palinchock, Retail Experience Guru
David will talk about the design and layout of the customer experience

Here's the address:

4th Floor, Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle New York, NY 10019


The event is free and guests are welcome. Please Register Here, so that I can make sure to reserve enough space.

Always Inspired.
Jonathan

micro-mini video projector

Optoma Pica Mini Projector Demo from Core77 on Vimeo.

Monday, June 1, 2009

New XBOX Gestural Interface



What do you think of this?