After acquiring the design firm The Astonish Tribe last year, RIM finally has something to show for it in the form of these scrapbooking and weather apps for the Playbook tablet. They're simple, but also extremely polished and intuitive, taking full advantage of the tablet hardware. Hopefully this is a good sign for…
Research in Motion announced this morning that it acquired Swedish interface design firm TAT, whose initials stand for The Astonishing Tribe. That could make future BlackBerry phones—not to mention the upcoming Playbook tablet—a whole lot more exciting.
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.
Click to viewOver at CEATEC, Fujitsu's showing off a snazzy dual touchscreen smartphone with a hinge that allows it to stack vertically or horizontally. And the most exciting part? They've let UI-wizards The Astonishing Tribe loose to make the software. Watch.
The Astonishing Tribe's latest demo is Recognizr, an app that blends Polar Rose's face recognition tech with augmented reality and social networking—point your phone's camera at somebody's face, and their contact info and social networks will magically appear.
The Astonishing Tribe, the design firm that more or less defined the look and feel of Android the first time around, has built an entirely new homescreen interface for the OS, in 3D. It's alternately beautiful, gratuitous and bizarre.
The trick, it seems, is that TAT have employed some aspects of 2D UI design in what is a decidedly 3D concept. Moves aren't arbitrary, and input isn't wasted—as far as the user is concerned, this behaves a lot like a "flat" interface might, just with screen transitions replaced by movements in a 3D space.