The Future Of Multitouch Desktop Interfaces? 10/GUI

10/GUI

10/GUI

Just came across this very interesting video from Clayton Miller about 10/GUI, his vision for an innovative 10 finger multitouch desktop interface.

It’s definitely well worth the watch and proposes solutions to some interesting problems such as window manipulation and dealing with the fact that a large portion of the viewable area may be covered by the users hands.

One thing that I’m not so sure about is the entirely linear window manager. It could be advantageous to have it operate vertically as well, although I do see how it could also be quite confusing, especially for the less experienced of users and lead to it again becoming difficult to locate windows.

Thoughts?

Hat tip: Linux For Designers.

Head Tracking for Desktop VR Displays using the Wii Remote

Check out this awesome video of how to use a Wii remote to for head tracking for desktop VR displays.

I would love to see this implemented for gaming.

The site contains instructions and software that you can download to test this for yourself.

Using the infrared camera in the Wii remote and a head mounted sensor bar (two IR LEDs), you can accurately track the location of your head and render view dependent images on the screen. This effectively transforms your display into a portal to a virtual environment. The display properly reacts to head and body movement as if it were a real window creating a realistic illusion of depth and space.

8hands = Instant A.D.D.

I just installed the alpha version of the 8hands messaging client which allows you to track updates on multiple social networks at once.

The client promises to allow you do the following:

    • One point access to MySpace, Facebook, Blogs, Flickr, YouTube and more.
    • Notifications of new comments, messages, friend requests, videos, feeds, and more – in real time.
    • An instant messenger where you can easily chat and share content with your social network friends.
    • A way to organize your social media content (pics, videos, posts) in one place.

    I like the concept of a unified messaging center for all my social network profiles and even though the 8 hands software is still in alpha, I must admit to liking it.

    There are some things about it though that means it will not be running on my desktop much longer than today.

    First off, while the app allows me to see the latest events on all of my chosen networks it is let down heavily by the fact that you can interact with those events.

    So, lets say Alec posts a tweet and I want to reply. I have to click on Alec’s avatar to open a pop out with the content in it and then click the content inside the pop out which will open my browser so that I can reply. That’s just too much work.

    There are so many great desktop twitter clients out there that the ability to reply to a Twitter is expected.

    However, the real reason this app will not live on my desktop is the fact that it is an instant recipe for causing Attention Deficit Disorder. The number of tweets that come through Snitter can be be distracting at the best of times.

    2 minutes with 8 hands installed proved that I would never get any work done due to the barrage of information that comes through 1 application tracking what all my contacts do on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and up to 12 other places.

    Their are already so many distractions in my working day that I fear a program like 8hands will result in me having zero productivity and will wrestle my remaining sanity from my grip.

    My Cluttered Desktop

    This one is just to keep Alec happy. While I was away he tagged me for some meme or other that involved taking a screenshot of your desktop as it was with when you see that you’ve been tagged.

    I’m going to post the screenshot but I’m not going to tag anybody else. Feel free to post your own desktop shots of course.

    Cluttered-Desktop

    I’m loving Netvibes

    Netvibes I’ve been playing with Netvibes since yesterday and I really do think it’s going to become my personal start page.

    Like most other “personal start pages”, Netvibes allows you to drag and organize a plethora of available modules to display information from almost any source you want. It’s got all the usual gadgets and modules and of course, the ability to, create multiple tabs within your “online desktop”.

    What I’ve really been loving this morning is the podcast module. You can subscribe to an already listed podcast or add a feed of your own. You can then click on a little play icon within the widget to play the podcast.

    What’s really cool about it is that as you navigate away from the tab you’re on the podcast isn’t interrupted. 

    That means that I can browse around various tabs, check out Facebook, Twitter or Digg, all within Netvibes without having to have a separate mp3 player running in order to avoid the podcasts being interrupted.

    For Digg, it’s the (Twitter) Apps that are the killer

    As you may know I have a “Social” page on this blog where you can see what I’ve been doing on the web. I features the latest comments I’ve made (via CoComment), what I’ve “dugg” on Digg and what I’ve bookmarked on Del.icio.us.

    Today I added in the ability to see the last ten tweets I’ve made on Twitter using Twitter Tools (instead of adding the code to display tweets to the sidebar I just popped it into the template for the content itself).

    As I did so I noticed something. I noticed that the amount of articles I’ve dugg and bookmarked on Del.icio.us has dropped dramatically since I’ve started using Twitter and Google Bookmarks (I’m on “Geverything” these days).

    Am I alone in this?

    I now find that most of the best and latest news is being fed to me via my Twitter network. No longer do I have to subscribe to a Digg RSS feed or plow through the upcoming stories to find the goodies.

    Everybody else is doing it for me and spoon feeding me the information I want via Twitter and now Pownce.

    But why only Twitter and Pownce? Why aren’t Jaiku, Hictu and a whole host of others not killing Digg?

    Well, the key is the desktop application. Twitter has a whole array of them available such as TwitBox (I use Google Talk). Pownce has it’s own client.  The others, as far as I know, don’t.

    The ability to use a desktop application and see what people are posting in real time is what makes these sites potential Digg killers if you’re an information junkie and need to know now.

    I follow just 42 people on Twitter, but between them, they manage to tweet about most of the best news before it ever makes it to my feed reader.

    More importantly when the folks I follow create a tweet about a news worth article they’ve done either one of two things. They’ve either linked directly to the article or to their own blogs where they have posted their opinion.

    That works great for me because I want to read the opinions of the folks I follow and if they don’t have one I just want the source.

    I can’t count the number of times I’ve clicked through to a post from Digg that was little more than another link I had to click to get to the source.

    So what is the situation like for you? Have Twitter and Pownce noticeably reduced the time you spend using Digg and similar services?

    Google Desktop Sidebar on Dual Monitors

    GoogleDesktop I’ve had a love / hate relationship with Google Desktop ever since I first installed the original release.

    I wanted to install it on Ex’s machine today (Windows XP SP2) but ran into some issues since Ex wants to have a dual monitor setup like I do. 

    Now, the issue is that I cannot find a way to place the  sidebar on the secondary monitor.  I believe that’s the most natural and productive place for the sidebar to be instead of taking up valuable real estate on the primary monitor.

    A quick search of the online help mentions nothing about dual monitors. The help forums turned up an number of posts by other people with a similar issue but they remain unanswered.

    Has anybody got a work around for this?

    StarCraft 2 is coming. There goes my life!

    StarCraft II I’m blatantly stealing Blizzards byline for the StarCraft II CGI announcement video but “Hell it’s about time”.

    I seriously doubt that there is anybody reading this who doesn’t have at least a passing knowledge of StarCraft so I’m going to save you the back story and just give you a quick run down:

    StarCraft II continues the epic saga of the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg. These three distinct and powerful races will clash once again in the fast-paced real-time strategy sequel to the legendary original, StarCraft. Legions of veteran, upgraded, and brand-new unit types will do battle across the galaxy, as each faction struggles for survival.

    Featuring a unique single-player campaign that picks up where StarCraft: Brood War left off, StarCraft II will present a cast of new heroes and familiar faces in an edgy sci-fi story filled with adventure and intrigue.

    Features of StarCraft 2 include:

    • Fast-paced, hard-hitting, tightly balanced competitive real-time strategy gameplay that recaptures and improves on the magic of the original game
    • Three completely distinct races: Protoss, Terran, and Zerg
    • New units and gameplay mechanics further distinguish each race
    • Groundbreaking single-player “story-mode” campaign
    • Vibrant new 3D-graphics engine with support for dazzling visual effects and massive unit and army sizes
    • Full multiplayer support, with new competitive features and matchmaking utilities available through Battle.net
    • Full map-making and scripting tools to give players incredible freedom in customizing and personalizing their gameplay experience

    Make sure you drop over and visit Starcraft2.com for all the info including some downloadable artwork, desktop wallpaper, screenshots and videos.

    On a side not, the videos that you download from Starcraft2.com use the “Blizzard Downloader” to download. This is the same client as used for updating World Of Warcraft.

    Here are some StarCraft II videos I found on YouTube which show one of the cinematic intro sequences as well as some actual gameplay footage.

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