Windows 8 Cross-Platform UI Demonstration

A video demonstrating for the first time the new Windows 8 touch interface. The 32 minute video was shot at the Computex 2011 in Taiwan. The presenter is Mike Angiulo, Microsoft corporate vice president.

 

32″ Android Touchscreen Device

What do you think about having a 32-inch Android-powered touchscreen display in your living room? The engineers at SKR Technology in Japan have been working on exactly that.

The company usually builds digital signage, they were approached by some customers who wanted a large screen device that had multi-touch functionality similar to a smartphone. They tried building a solution around Windows 7, but it didn’t work as smoothly as they wanted. So they turned towards Android, but were disappointed to find out that none of their suppliers supported the OS.

For their next move, they built their own interface that allows an Android-powered device to interact with multi-touch displays. In the video embedded below the display works quite well, mirroring everything on the Android device’s screen.

Not yet available commercially, but I think my 2 year old can’t wait to get her fingers and hands on it.

One problem: Gorilla Arms!

 

Three Layers of Mobile User Experience

An interesting way to break down the user experience with mobile devices based on elements of the device and how the user interacts with each.

Three Layers of Mobile User Experience :: UXmatters.

Touchscreen Competition

Here was the June 2009 Top Ten List of iPhone Competitors

The Samsung F700 was released soon after the iPhone so was obviously compared with it (and did well). The LG Prada KE850 Nokia’s concept phone – Aeon

Obviously, HTC, Samsung and Google have released the Android based phones since then, but I thought it worthwhile to take a look at what has come before. As they say, those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it in the future.

Since the introduction of the Apple iPhone on January the 9th, the world has gone touch pad crazy, touch pad technology is the way of the future and many companies have heard the call and made their own touch pad phones in direct competition with the iPhone. This is a top ten list of iPhone Competitors, some of the phones are the real deal, some are just concepts at the moment, all are cool.

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Coming in at Number 1 is the recently announced Samsung F700 ultra slim phone, answering the call early Samsung have come up with a splendid touch pad phone. Main features of the phone include a 5 megapixel camera, touch pad technology, impressive downloads speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps and a cool slide out QWERTY Keyboard, which is something the iPhone is lacking. With their first deluge into touch pad phones Samsung seem to have hit a home run straight of the bat. Continue reading

Nielsen and Norman Weigh in on Gestural UI

As usual, our usability leaders have shown a light on the shortcomings of the latest user interfaces.

I don’t necessarily take these reviews as an admonition of all that is gestural, but as cautionary tales for designers moving forward.

Jakob Nielsen, Kinect Gestural UI: First Impressions

Don Norman, Gestural Interfaces: A Step Backwards In Usability