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October 10, 2013

Disney and Apple adding "tactile rendering" to Touch Surfaces

Disney created an algorithm that creates tactile feedback on tablets by using vibration using Xbox's Kinect, which I would imagine would parallel Google Glass.

Here is the rest of the article: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/168125-disney-creates-tactile-touchscreen-feedback-for-virtual-3d-objects

Here are two patent sketches on tablet tactile feedback from Apple:


With context to an interface in a car:

October 11, 2013

Malala Yousafzai, age 16, to Receive the Nobel Peace Prize

An advocate for education and women's rights, she tells this story on the Jon Stewart show:

I started thinking about that, and I used to think that the Talib would come, and he would just kill me. But then I said, 'If he comes, what would you do Malala?' then I would reply to myself, 'Malala, just take a shoe and hit him.' But then I said, 'If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education.' Then I said I will tell him how important education is and that 'I even want education for your children as well.' And I will tell him, 'That's what I want to tell you, now do what you want.'

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/malala-yousafzai-left-jon-stewart-speechless-2013-10#ixzz2hNqoyigq


October 13, 2013

People with vision problems turn to mobile devices

Just found this very informative article on how people with vision problems are using mobile devices more and more:

The takeaways are:
• mobile phones have an accessibility mode (i.e. gesture-based, vibration, voice commands, screen readers)
• the phone does what 6 devices use to do (e.g. "$150 money reader is now a $1.99 app;" vision magnifiers, or apps that detect light to help people navigate to exits or windows)
• for development, label all buttons their function/feature

October 14, 2013


Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are going to contribute their time and resources to code.org, a non-profit organization that will encourage people to learn how to code. They even have Will.i.am from the The Black Eyed Peas advocating to participate.

Anyone between the ages of six and 80 can get involved. Educators who organize Hour of Code events will receive 10GB of complimentary Dropbox storage, and a school in every US state will be gifted a class set of laptops for their participation.

Read more: http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/14/4838628/mark-zuckerberg-bill-gates-contributing-tutorials-to-code-org

October 15, 2013

New take on Gamification


Here is a new take on gamification by MTV and Intel. Users sign up and complete social tasks using to get a chance to win tickets to concerts (public or clandestine). The first concert is Arcade Fire in Los Angeles using Instagram. Other social media outlets include Pinterest, Vine, Shazam etc.

Below are screenshots. If you visit the site, they have some cool javascript ixd patterns:


October 17, 2013

A Network of Balloons Providing Internet Access

Google has launched a project called Loon, in which they create a network of balloons powered by solar panels and controlled using wind technology to provide Internet access (40th parallel south). I wish the success for this project, and the design is ingenious.

The technology:

It is project like these that make me wish I were a scientist :D


Promotional video:

October 26, 2013

castAR glasses: Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

Pretty cool VR/AR glasses by Technical Illusions. They just launched a Kickstarter campaign:

I think the starter kit might be cheaper than GoogleGlass. Like Microsoft's Kinect, you probably won't be able to wear these glasses outside, but who would want to split their attention between the virtual world and reality?

Here is another video on the overview of the system and people's reactions at both MakerFaires (NYC, SF):

Found this other video on this site on a demo of how doctors would be able to use this system for MRI's (not fully developed or ready-to-launch mode):

More information here about how immersive this system is compared to other systems: http://oracletalk.com/castar-virtual-reality-glasses-blow-kickstarter/

Obviously, castAR isn’t precisely in competition with the likes of Google or other wearable devices for your face. Neither are they quite as immersive as the Oculus Rift (thought they say you’ll be less prone to motion sickness with castAR).

October 29, 2013

User Testing Resources from the ITP list

I have not been involved in User Testing and the User Testing Process for about a year. I did find this interesting discussions on my alumni mailing list:

This may be of use: Erika Hall's Just Enough Research.

An excerpt is available here: http://alistapart.com/article/interviewing-humans

• Measuring Usability (www.measuringusability.com)
• FiveSecondTest (www.fivesecondtest.com)
• Chalkmark (www.optimalworkshop.com/chalkmark.html)
• Feedback Army (www.feedbackarmy.com)
• Loop11 (www.loop11.com)
• UserTesting (www.usertesting.com)
• UserZoom (www.userzoom.com)
• WhatUserDo (www.whatuserdo.com)
• TryMyUI (www.trymyui.com)
• Morae (http://www.techsmith.com/morae.html)

Ways to quantify your research:
1. Time on task
2. Success rates
3. Error rates

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