Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ringo by Ivan Tihienko

Holographic Interface - round interface - Ringo from Ivan Tihienko on Vimeo.

Circular user interfaces are very futuristic. I think real interfaces are often square because it's more space efficient than circular shapes, and space is always at a premium. But when you project on the ground, you have lots of space. Pico projectors are just around the corner so it's time to start thinking about what's different about a projected interface.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Exploring Tablet Interfaces

In 2010 and 2011 there will be a device explosion in the Tablet space. We can expect to see a wide variety of new devices ranging from 5 to 12 inches on operative systems such as MeeGo, Android and Windows 7. What kind of user experiences will these devices offer? How do you design astonishing tablet interfaces?

On one hand we have companies that scale phone UIs to tablets. On the other hand we have companies offering the full blown desktop experience scaled down to tablet size. We believe that both of these approaches will result in crippled user experiences. For example, the tablet form factor is perfect for media consumption and this could be manifested in the UI. TAT recognizes tablets as a radically different type of device - personal and mobile yet powerful and creative. We are now on a quest to design fantastic UIs that are optimized for this device space.

Follow the link to check out Velvet - a playful concept UI for MeeGo tablets by TAT and Wind River. With full support for 3D graphics and shaders, TAT Cascades enables astonishing UIs on MeeGo, Android and other tablet OSs.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Microsoft Experimental Adaptive Keyboard

One of the things that you really miss when you design for touch screens is tooltips on mouse-over. Nobody wants to look stupid, and mouse-over can really help users avoid pressing the wrong buttons, by providing more information about what they do.

A physical keyboard with real keys could still have a touch sensitive surface. Then you could have tooltips when you rest your finger on a button. This is not included in the Microsoft Prototype, but I like to dream. It's nice to finally see some serious adaptive keyboard hardware. Although I think I would prefer an e-ink screen instead.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Toshiba Libretto W100 PALW100MNG Dual screen UMPC multi-touch review

There are a number of new challenges for dual screen devices. One is how to solve interaction between the screens, such as moving windows between the screens. Here is one solution. I don't know if it's the most elegant one, but it seems to work.

I like the fact that they placed all the heat generating components behind the top screen, to avoid burning up your lap. With my current Macbook, I usually have to have an extra book in my lap to shield my legs from the heat.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


While new to me, this video is already two years old when I blog it. Things are really happening with the rollable displays for e-readers. The promise of the rollable display is: Pen sized in your pocket - book sized in your hand.

This e-book reader is also a phone. If anyone has a chance of disrupting the mobile phone industry, it's someone coming from a different angle. I think the rollable e-book reader is a dangerous angle.