Sunday, January 15, 2006

We all want to take the easy option

Increasing sales with usability ...

"After suffering user fatigue from early experience of mobile applications, it is great to see companies realising that usability is the best way to create a mass market

Webcams have come a long way since 1991 when Cambridge University geeks linked their computers to a camera near the coffee machine. This enabled people in far parts of the building - and the rest of the world once it was linked to the internet- to check out the coffee. Webcams have since slowly become better and cheaper, and may now be poised for liftoff.

Last week, I tested a service that would have seemed implausible 10 years ago: video phone calls to anywhere in the world for nothing - yes for nothing, assuming only a broadband link. Skype 2.0 (beta) has good quality video - as webcams go (ie moody). Used with a Creative webcam (£27.99), it can shrink the video image or make it full screen and can mail you automatically if it detects movement where the camera is monitoring. You can also take photos or videos."   continued ...   (Via The Guardian)

Skype - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics



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