Thursday, August 17, 2006

The Future & History of the User Interface

The history of the UI...

"The current state-of-the-art User Interface (UI) we've been enjoying has remained largely stagnant since the 1980s. The greatest innovation that has been recently released is based on video card layering/buffering techniques like Apple's Expose. But, there is a large change coming. Rev 2 of the UI will be based on multiple gestures and more directly involve human interaction. Apple is clearly working in the area as some of the company's patent filings demonstrate. Nevertheless, these videos might make Mac (and Windows) users experience a huge case of UI envy, as a lot of UI development (in XGL in particular) makes the current Mac UI seem creaky and old fashioned.

I've been collecting these links to cool new UIs for a while (yea, I know, what a geek). Despite its geekiness, I thought some of you might enjoy them as well. It seems there is a good chance that multi-gesture/multi-input (MGMI) UIs will be in our future at least on some level (apparently they will be accompanied by no dearth of techno music).

Basically the rest of the article has a bunch of links, and brief descriptions to those links, to cool videos of various UI that include: Wobbly Window UIs (WWUIs), Multi-touch UIs, Mixed Physical UIs, Brain UIs, Art tools, and even a little bit of history on the UI. Enjoy!"   (Continued via MacObserver)   [Usability Resources]


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