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How WPF can help your golf game, or PING’s new beginning
This app from PING, called nFlight, is extremely cool. Beautiful, sophisticated, and fun. nFlight analyzes your golf swing to develop specifications for custom fit golf clubs. The app performs complex simulations and renders beautiful displays that show actual ball flight with different...
14 May 2009
Have you heard of Living Ink yet?
My last post talked about an envisioning video that shows how we may use technology 10 years into the future. Turns out, not all of the technology concepts are that far away. In fact, one of the interesting technology innovations is already here: It’s called Living Ink . Remember the very first scene...
6 Mar 2009
Making tool bars interesting again. No, really.
Here's something interesting from InfoSpace... a tool bar! No, really. In fact, see for yourself over at Sam Chenaur's site . He's got a nice screen grab, too. This is not your "father's toolbar". I tried to get my own screen grab from the Recipe toolbar I installed, but it's really quite hidden until...
12 Dec 2008
Another Surface video
Not exactly new, but worth checking out this video if you haven't seen it and are interested in Microsoft Surface, the new multi-touch table top computer coming out "soon". More info here , too. Technorati tags: surface , user experience , UX
15 Nov 2007
The consumer value stream mind set
I saw this today, and it cracked me up. It's an insightful (and funny!) one-panel exposition on the importance of understanding consumer motivations -- the things that are important to them, what they are trying to accomplish. In microeconomic terms -- what creates "utility" for them. How consumers...
12 Nov 2007
PhizzPop Interview: Silverlight for cross platform video at University of Michigan
Just saw this over at PhizzPop . What is PhizzPop you may ask? It's a fledgling community site for designers to learn from and showoff to their peers. The link above is to an interview with Ken Arbogast-Wilson, Manager of Media Development and Production at the University of Michigan College of Architecture...
7 Nov 2007
Building brand and transcending walled gardens
Ok - so I've been posting about Popfly a lot lately. Why am I so excited about Popfly? It's simple, actually. Popfly is more than a mashup maker. And it's more than a Mashout tool (for sharing mashups) -- though it is that, too. What makes Popfly so exciting is the business scenarios. I promised in one...
29 Oct 2007
Academia 2.0? The reponse to A Vision of Students Today
Technorati Tags: Adaptive , User Experience , Computing is a liberal art , knowledge , academia 2.0 Walter Stier posted a link to an interesting video made by a Kansas State cultural anthropology class on what it's like to be a college student today. In case you missed the "response" video from the...
17 Oct 2007
Optimizing the consumer value stream
Technorati Tags: systems thinking , lean , consumer experience , web 2.0 , next web , loyalty Are you thinking about your consumers' personal value stream? The businesses I generally work with are familiar with the notion of a value chain or a value stream . Whether you call it business process...
3 Jul 2007
Mono Moonlight - Silverlight on Linux is near
Technorati Tags: Silverlight , moonlight , linux , UX , User Experience Just saw this from Jesse Ezell: Mono is expected to release an alpha version of Moonlight later this week at the Paris MIX. This will let users running browsers on Linux clients view and interact with Silverlight content ....
20 Jun 2007
Acropolis is CTP! The WindowsClient.net site says: Acropolis builds on the rich capabilities of Microsoft Windows and the .NET Framework, including Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), by providing tools and pre-built components that help developers quickly assemble applications from loosely...
4 Jun 2007
Want more info on Popfly?
I recently got into the Popfly alpha, and have been playing around with it off and on for the last week or two. Here's a screenshot of a simple, compact News Reader that pulls in RSS feeds from the blogs of the members of the Microsoft's DPE team that covers Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. I...
4 Jun 2007
Empowered Consumer Experiences Drive Loyalty, Profits
We don’t get a physical newspaper at our house, but sometimes my wife will go buy one – and then throw it away (!) – to get the coupons inside. It’s not just my family abandoning newspapers -- newspaper circulations have been declining for over 15 years , and the rate of decline has been accelerating...
8 May 2007
When User Experience really a matter of life and death
The NY Times reports that the Department of Defense created Joint Patient Tracking Application so that military doctors around the world can access patient medical histories -- and while it's used in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is mostly not used in the US ( Disuse of System Is Cited Gaps in Soldiers' Care...
4 Apr 2007
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