You’ve got to hand it to Huawei. Just a week out from Apple’s iPhone 6S launch, it’s revealed the Mate S, which has almost certainly stolen a bit of the Apple phone’s thunder by including its iOS rival’s expected lead feature.
R2D2 was a droid with incredible resources for data storage, navigation, and even defense, but no one ever bothered to install translation capabilities. After looking at some of the amazing footage of the user interfaces designed for the starships in Star Wars, a question came up: Why not?
Noel Rubin designed the user interfaces for Star Wars Episodes 1 and 3, and now he's put together a sizzle reel, showing just how awesome the computer screens on those ships really looked.
Blue Screen of Insomnia. Designers Chris Noessel and Nathan Shedroff analyzed screen colors in tons of science fiction movies, and concluded that future computer screens would be tinted blue. Which is bad news, since our eyes are hypersensitive to blue light, and it keeps us from sleeping.
The weirdest moment in Logan's Run is probably that bit where we see Logan selecting a sex partner via a remote control, and the chosen partner teleports into his home. But the trouble with that scene isn't just the weird "dialing for casual sex" vibe — it's the terrible user interface, argues expert Chris Noessel.
The year was 1960, and phones were changing. It was the beginning of the end for rotary dialing, and buttons were the future. But engineers faced an important, looming question: what order do you put those buttons in?
We all aspire to a certain amount of digital desktop cleanliness, but I think rather few of us actually keep up on it. As the days go by, the clutter builds bit by bit, and it's just irritating enough to be unpleasant, but not a big enough deal to actually clean up.
You might not think of him very often, but you know the Google Maps pegman quite well. Every time you zoom down into a new, strange locale, he's there, pointing the way. But where did he come from? Buzzfeed FWD dug into the history, and it turns out there's a lot more of it than you'd think.
A lot of the stuff about the movie Hackers looks really dated now, especially some of the fashions and the way it depicts hacking. But the user interface still looks pretty good, compared to a lot of other stuff from the era. Paul Franklin, the Academy Award-winning special effects designer who's worked on all…
We all know that Star Trek gave us the iPad and countless other amazing devices — but the classic space adventure show also gave us some amazing breakthroughs in user interface design. Here's a rundown of the lessons that Star Trek teaches about interaction design, from the new book Make it So: Interaction Design…
The gestural interface that looked so shiny in Minority Report has turned up everywhere since then, and now it's cheap enough that it's in the FBI's war room, on Castle. Allowing Nathan Fillion to have too much fun bursting windows.
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.
Designer Mark Coleran designs user interfaces for high-tech and near-future movies, those computer-based visuals that flash briefly across your screen. But the information designs he's created are often more detailed than you might think.
What do The Bourne Identity, Mission Impossible 3, Mr & Mrs Smith, Children of Men, and Agent Cody Banks 2 have in common? Absurd, futuristic, and totally fake software interfaces, designed in part by one man: Mark Coleran.
New Pandorum concept art shows a dark, time-worn spaceship command center, with rusty bulkheads and a cool-looking holographic user interface surrounding the captain's chair. And click through to see another piece of concept art, showing the inevitable service crawlway.
The Astonishing Tribe has posted another eye-candy cellphone UI demo for the world to ogle at. Unlike their last endeavor, though, this one might have a future on our phones. At least, I hope so.
No, that's not a picture of Johnny 5's head you're looking at, but the SmartRetina, a computer interface that tracks your movements to interact with a PC. With the SmartRetina hooked up to a PC, you can navigate the complex environs of your PC's GUI without so much as touching a mouse. It's supposed to bridge the…