One of my favorite things about watching movies is seeing the film’s vision of the user interfaces on screens and computers. They’re almost always over the top (like they were in the first Avengers) but I love to imagine that we’ll see all those exploded graphics in our future and pretend that all that information…
Beer cans. Toys. Post-it notes. A fridge. Even a computer screen, because why not? All of these things become touch-sensitive thanks to a fun little piece of work courtesy of a Russian agency called The Family, which posted their work to Vimeo this week.
I'm a bit of a sucker for concept interface designs: I love how they show off the massive capabilities of new technology without any obvious current practical use. But these new offerings from Microsoft could actually be useful.
It breaks my heart to say this, but Mac OSX Lion's interface feels like a failure. Its stated mission was to simplify the operating system, to unify it with the clean experience of iOS. That didn't happen.
Touchscreen pinching makes sense. It's undeniably intuitive, and pretty gratifying! And now it's everywhere—including places it shouldn't be, like the relatively tiny screen of the BlackBerry Bold Touch. This is like picking your nose with a mop.
Well isn't this interesting. Today, RIM announced its acquisition of The Astonishing Tribe, the interface gurus who helped shape Android's look in its early stages. Yup, the BlackBerrys of the future just got a whole lot prettier.
Mark Micire of UMass Lowell is a forward thinking dude. Right now, most of us don't even have one robot, let alone a swarm. But someday, we'll be tripping over 'em! Micire's multitouch interface will help keep them in line.
Microsoft has yet to reveal IE9's interface—not set to debut until next month. But ZDNet's Mary-Jo Foley says she caught a glimpse of IE9's new minimalist look via a slip-up on Microsoft's Russian press site.
The 60 days between the end of January and Saturday have given us, and other really smart people, a lot of time to think about the iPad and what it means.
While resistive touchscreens are being phased out in favor of capacitive screens, Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft are working together on touchscreens for your body, called Skinput.
The iPad is a gargantuan iPhone, perhaps more precisely than many hoped. But, if you look closely, you can see hints of what's truly coming next.
Okay, it's a big iPod. Maybe in more ways than we expected. Until you start touching the interface. Here's a visual guide to the iPad's interface, screen by screen. (And of course, check out our definitive hands on.)
The Pen de Touch provides haptic feedback while interacting with virtual objects. It also looks like Jeff Bridges could streak across the interface any second.
The past decade's march towards better gadgets shows a trend line pointing towards ultra powerful gadgets with UIs so seamless, they make Macs look like a punchcard computers. But if you think about it, we—not hardware—are the limitation.