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Tag: Interface

The Best Way to Navigate Your Comic Collection

The Best Way to Navigate Your Comic Collection
Why dig through stacks and stacks of individual comic books when you can quickly find the exact one you’re looking for using a wall-sized über-cool Minority Report-like user interface? A project developed by Daniel Stødle and a team of PhD students from Norway’s University of Tromsø, this huge display wall…

Bubblegum Sequencer Chews Through Tunes

Bubblegum Sequencer Chews Through Tunes
This music sequencer takes the same basic interface concept as the ball bearing sequencer I recently showed you, and makes it deliciously chewable. Instead of shiny metal spheres, this sequencer uses a bunch of colorful candy-coated gumballs to make a beat you can dance to.   Designed by Hannes Hesse,…
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Music Sequencer has Balls of Steel

Music Sequencer has Balls of Steel
Here’s an interesting new tangible interface design for a music sequencer. Rather than using an array of buttons or a 2-dimensional control screen on a computer, this one generates rhythmic patterns using ball bearings. Sequences are composed by placing the metal orbs in a grid of receptor cups which represent…

Touchpal Brings iPhone-Like Keyboard to Windows Mobile

Touchpal Brings iPhone-Like Keyboard to Windows Mobile
When it comes to the iPhone’s slick user interface, I guess imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Case-in-point: this new application for Windows Mobile devices which mimics, and actually improves upon the iPhone’s touchscreen keyboard. While TouchPal isn’t identical to the iPhone’s keyboard, it’s definitely more than reminiscent of…

Bphone: Blackberry Mimics iPhone Ui

Bphone: Blackberry Mimics iPhone Ui
While many of the BlackBerry models out there are arguably more capable than Apple’s iPhone (i.e. GPS integration, not locked to AT&T, etc.), most would agree that the iPhone user interface is a bit more slick. The bPhone theme for BlackBerry lets you have your cake and eat it too.…

Jazzmutant Lemur Multi-Touch Control for Musicians

Jazzmutant Lemur Multi-Touch Control for Musicians
The other day, I told you about a tabletop multi-touch interface for creating music sequences. While I was researching that story, I came across an interesting touchscreen interactive music controller device that you can actually get your hands on for yourself. The Jazzmutant Lemur is a fully-programmable multi-touch input device…

Mac Fans Get Surface-Based Computer

Mac Fans Get Surface-Based Computer
While it’s not exactly the multi-touch Mac that people have been clamoring for Apple to make, Savant Systems’ touchpanel coffee table might be the next best thing. Their Mac-based ROSIE Coffee Table Touchpanel Controller provides a one-stop-shop interface to all your home entertainment needs. The centerpiece of the system is…

Windows Mobile Users Ask: Who Needs an iPhone?

Windows Mobile Users Ask: Who Needs an iPhone?
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the user interface designers over at Apple should be feeling pretty good about themselves these days. We’ve seen everything from knock-off devices, to an online screen smudge simulator, to PSP-based menu frontends. Now the Windows Mobile crowd can jump on board the…

Gesture Controlled Watch Prototyped

Gesture Controlled Watch Prototyped
A group of researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a working prototype of a watch that can recognize gestures. Designed by the research team of Jungsoo Kim, Jiasheng He, Kent Lyons and Thad Starner, the Gesture Watch uses an array of infrared sensors to detect hand movements…

Microsoft Shows Multi-Touch Laptop Concept

Microsoft Shows Multi-Touch Laptop Concept
Just a few weeks back, Microsoft introduced their Surface tabletop multi-touch computer. Now Microsoft Research is showing off a prototype of a multi-touch interface portable computer. By hacking some infrared sensors through the back of a standard laptop display, they’re able to track the locations and pressure from multiple finger…

IPhone Interface Knock Off on Pocket Pc

IPhone Interface Knock Off on Pocket Pc
Tech geek Tzywen was too impatient to wait for the upcoming Apple iPhone, so he created a custom launcher application for his Microsoft Pocket PC which is based on the iPhone user interface. He’s even went so far as to recreate the finger-scrolling capability for music playlists that Steve Jobs…

Philips Shows Board Game of the Future

Philips Shows Board Game of the Future
Taking a page from science fiction films, Philips has been working on this new concept in electronic gaming which allows players to use physical game pieces to interact with video “board” games. At the heart of Philips’ Entertaible system is a 32-inch touch-sensitive LCD embedded into the top of a…

Video Footage of Apple iPhone in Action

Video Footage of Apple iPhone in Action
You can’t really appreciate how impressive the Apple iPhone user interface is until you see it in action. Thankfully, CBS News has posted a close up video of an actual iPhone in action at this week’s Macworld conference: The whole motion sensor thing when you rotate the device just seems…
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