June, 2010

  • Steve Clayton

    Not so natural user interfaces

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    You’ll see me blogging more about Natural User Interfaces over the coming months as I think it’s a big new trend (well underway of course) but one that Kinect amongst other things will help to drive forward.

    In the meantime, this NUI failure made me laugh. From Fail Blog via Marc Holmes




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    IE9 Deep Zoom demo

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    One of our executives just sent an email imploring me to check out the Deep Zoom demo as part of the IE9 demo suite. I feel ashamed that I hadn’t seen this before as it’s really quite impressive stuff. The speed and smoothness of the zoom using Seadragon Ajax bodes well for plenty of websites in the future.

    It wasn’t so long ago that Blaise was showing this stuff to people as a prototype down at TED and we ooh’ed and aaah’ed at the potential. Now it’s right there in the browser and fast as hell.




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    The Fast Lane

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    My first week in the US is drawing to a close and I’ve spent lots of time in US stores figuring out how to buy stuff you need when you move country. Plenty of surprises there but one as surprising as this new video from Volkswagen. Now that’s how to shoppe!



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    Taking Tech back to 1977

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    Retro brilliance from ALT/1977: WE ARE NOT TIME TRAVELERS on the Behance Network. Is this what today’s tech would have looked like back in 1977? Probably.

    Something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately is the tech bubble I/we live in. Packing my house and moving to the US gave me time to reflect on all of the technology I have accumulated during 12+ years at Microsoft. It reminded me how quickly things change with phones and laptops that were state of the are 3, 5, and 10 years ago now literally being museum items. I actually packed a lot of stuff away for just that purpose – some tech nostalgia 20 years in the future including a few phones, my original laptop from when I joined Microsoft (ooops, was I supposed to give that back??) and even a Mac classic.

    It was a salutary reminder that I don’t always need to be on the cusp of technology as it’s something that will always be there. There will always be something new, vying for my attention and and trying to convince me that nirvana has been reached.

    Can I resist having the latest tech? Not always but I’m definitely getting better at working out what I need vs. want. It’s an interesting game to play with yourself as your browse Techmeme and Engadget each day.

    Okay…now when is Windows Phone 7 coming out? :)

     




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    IE9 speed test

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    The 3rd platform preview of IE9 was released yesterday and it’s coming along pretty nicely. There is a way to go of course and everyone else is developing their stuff too (Firefox, Chrome, Safari) but the recent side by side tests look promising. The one above pits the latest IE9 against Chrome 6.

     

    Read more at DownloadSquad and grab the platform preview. Oh and read more from my good buddy James Pratt



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