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screenshotsofdespair:

Part of me says that it’s because I haven’t done anything worth complimenting yet.

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screenshotsofdespair:

Part of me says that it’s because I haven’t done anything worth complimenting yet.

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Big fan of this: MIT research team is creating a gesture recognition system for converting the existing motions used by aircraft carrier deck hands into controls for unmanned drones. It seems specialized, but it represents the direction tech has been going since the advent of the touchscreen:

When the interface is 1:1 on a touchscreen, the gestural metaphors become more relatable: taps, swipes, pinch and zoom: they feel natural. I think there’s a whole new front in the world of standards: HTML5 is great, calendars and contacts and whatnot make things a lot easier, but what would really change mobile computing are gestural standards, libraries of more complex motions. The one I want to see? Drawing a circle around items to group them. Drawing an X to delete something. Twisting two fingers like turning a key to access locked items. Checkmarks, @ symbols, arrows, etc. I think those are coming and, while easier, will take some time to be absorbed. However, in smaller, more complicated niches (air traffic control is a great example, but hotels and restaurants, public transit, manufacturing and, as Minority Report made famous, media manipulation) I think there is a great opportunity to take existing gestures and track them as digital controls. For now, I’ll just marvel about being able to rotate a picture with my nose.

alanvanroemburg:

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Alan van Roemburg
Pardon my fanboyism, but I love these little details which, as time goes on, improve the user experience and unify the product line. It’s the stupid, little shit which makes all the difference. For example, here’s the patent that Apple filed so that the power indicators on their computers will be the only ones that, when they’re asleep, “breathe” at the same rate as a sleeping human.

A new and improved status LED indicator provides a pleasing visual  appeal. An embodiment of the present invention includes a sleep-mode  indicator for laptop computers. The LED indicator is energized by  pulse-width modulated electrical pulses. The effect of these pulses on  the indicator varies in intensity and mimics a rhythm typical of  breathing. It is another aspect of the invention to provide an  electrical apparatus that generates a sleep-mode indicator blinking  pattern based on a sinusoidal function using PWM (pulse width  modulation) designs.
(US Patent 6658577)

alanvanroemburg:

Apple iCloud icon golden ratio

Alan van Roemburg

Pardon my fanboyism, but I love these little details which, as time goes on, improve the user experience and unify the product line. It’s the stupid, little shit which makes all the difference. For example, here’s the patent that Apple filed so that the power indicators on their computers will be the only ones that, when they’re asleep, “breathe” at the same rate as a sleeping human.

A new and improved status LED indicator provides a pleasing visual appeal. An embodiment of the present invention includes a sleep-mode indicator for laptop computers. The LED indicator is energized by pulse-width modulated electrical pulses. The effect of these pulses on the indicator varies in intensity and mimics a rhythm typical of breathing. It is another aspect of the invention to provide an electrical apparatus that generates a sleep-mode indicator blinking pattern based on a sinusoidal function using PWM (pulse width modulation) designs.

(US Patent 6658577)