At the University of Washington, researchers have performed what they believe is the first noninvasive human-to-human brain interface. [more inside]
was an industrial designer who was born in Innsbruck, Austria. Famous for his My Valentine typewriter
design and his geometric enamel designs
. [more inside]
Creating the Windows 8 user experience
— an inside look from the Windows engineering team, with a brief history of the Windows user interface.
Engadget's Distro talks to UI guru, Xerox PARC alumni, gadget collector
) and Microsoft Research Principal Researcher Bill Buxton
about the future of natural interfaces
according to Microsoft.
Turner Classic Movie's "Summer Under the Stars" website
is a load of (heavy-loading) flash goodness, and features pretty great interface design, including video content.
Access Main Computer File,
a collection of (often preposterous) graphical user interfaces culled from dozens and dozens of films, or as the site itself puts it, "
A VISUAL STUDY OF COMPUTER GUI IN CINEMA
." (via Subtraction)
Make it so!
This is a video featuring a functional home automation PC interface based on Star Trek's LCARS interface.
The attention to detail and everyday usability is awesome. [more inside]
A touch screen you don't touch.
From Ishikawa Komuro Laboratory
at the University of Tokyo, a gesture-controlled handheld device that responds thereminically to the motion of a finger held above the screen. Watch to the end for the remarkable 3-d painting app. From the people who brought you the pitching, batting, and dribbling robots
. Previous Ishikawa awesomeness on Metafilter
Google Fast Flip:
Newspaper Stand 2.0
The Snyderphonics Manta
. With a few exceptions like the rare Buchla Thunder
and the ZenDrum
, computer musicians were stuck with controllers disguised as traditional instruments
, rolling their own
, or using grids
of generic rubber pads
. The Manta, in the spirit of the Serge TKB
's capacitance touchplate construction, attempts to do something new, and people are already doing interesting things with it
. Videos: polyphonic keys
, and lots more
is a concept video exploring one possible future user experience
for the Web.
", a project by Markus Kison, "...is a live visualisation
of the recent emotional expressions written on the private weblogs of blogger.com. These emotional expressions are parsed according to a list of synonyms and transform a physical shapeshifting object....
" (QT video)
) [more inside]
An interesting interface for Amazon. [more inside]
No Ideas But In Things
is a photoblog of dials
, and other pieces of user interface design.
Using Color In Information Display Graphics
- a resource from NASA, "intended to help designers who are not color experts find usable color designs
" [via] [more inside]
User interface design so epically bad you need a strategy guide
to defeat it. Presenting The Legend of FacilityFocus
We've all seen the multitouch interfaces of Jeff Han
, and Microsoft
. Now, fellow mefite you
brings us the ultimate guerrilla hack - the $2 multitouch pad
. [via mefi projects]
Introduced to Western culture by the Beatles in their single Norwegian Wood
, the sitar
has featured prominently in North Indian classical music for centuries. Princeton-based computer scientist Ajay Kapur updates the instrument with his ESitar
, an audio and video controller that uses gesture input
(PDF) and machine learning
algorithms to facilitate joining the computer with Ajay in his sitar performance. Undergraduate engineering students at the University of Pennsylvania work from the other direction, building RAVI-bot
, an award-winning
, self-playing robotic sitar
(YouTube) programmed to generate music from classical Raga scales and melodies
all on its own. For those in the Philadelphia area, be sure to check out a live performance of RAVI-bot at the local Klein Art Gallery.
- Information Software and the Graphical Interface
, shows advances in his multitouch interfaces a year later
. YT video 1
. YT video 2
Color of My Sound. Choose
a color of a sound or song and see how others have voted with their comments. Add
your own audio files. (more)
is based on the long standing idea of piles as a desktop use metaphor
, this seems to bring it to life at last. Will this sort out your desktop?
What is ubiquitous computing
or "ubicomp," other than a geeky buzz-phrase for smart objects
, "things that think"? In his provocative new book Everyware
(freely excerpted here
), interface designer and MeFite Adam Greenfield
provides a thoughtful meditation on one of the digital world's most resonant hopes for the future, encompassing everything from pervasive RFID-chipping, Orwellian surveillance, and a humbly practical magic wand
to a "coming age of calm technology
This very cool multi-input touchscreen is an amazing example of potential human-computer interfaces
and is not the same thing as the very cool Lemur device
marketed in the US by Cycling 74. It really makes you realize that there's a whole new level of graphics, animation, 3D, music and control technology yet to be explored. Fascinating stuff.
is a weblog of experiments in visualization: a power cord
that glows as one draws power, a crocheted Lorenz manifold
, a live display of a computer thinking about chess
, a color-changing flower that detects nearby wifi
. To be sure, there are lots of old favorites
here but probably some new ones
: what would you do if somebody stole your mouse button?
Yes, it’s flash, and it’s annoying, but that’s the point.
began his pioneering work in interactive art in 1969. He was one of the first to explore the aesthetics of interactivity with his "responsive environments." While preparing a talk that included a reminiscence of Krueger demoing Videoplace
in the 80s, I was surprised he'd not yet merited even a stub in the Wikipedia. While that may eventually motivate me to register and start the page, for now, I will just share some links. [more inside, including videos]
A clickable genealogy
charting the lineage of visual interactive computing systems and user interfaces, by Bruce Damer. Some quirky/broken links, but plenty of interesting stuff there, too.
Damn, your media player is ugly.
You should fix it. This site has one of the best collections of skins for various programs I have ever seen under one URL. They almost make WinMedia worth it.
"You are about to activate your first gesture command in Opera
. A gesture command is activated by pressing the right mouse button, and while holding it down, performing a simple movement with the mouse, and then releasing the button"... such as left going back a page, or down opening a new window. Aliens bless gesture interfaces, and Molyneux.
Cliques in chat!
This is one of the most unique chat apps I have ever come across. What do they serve in the food over at MIT anyway?
Ok, here comes the firestorm. Joel on Software
has some very good things to say -- though, like most user-interface-design mavens, I think about 50% of the time that he hasn't comprehended what the problem really is... but in this piece
, he's wrong.
There's a new version of icq
out, although it looks like
they're pretty close to their limit on adding buttons to the interface.
What will future interfaces look like?
Steven Johnson, the author of Interface Culture, asked this question of a few presumably knowing souls. There are some interesting points regarding the interaction, rather than the interface in this oh-too-short article.