Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Move it: The New User Interface

New interface concepts shown at CES 2008 ...

"To me, one of the more interesting trends at CES 2008 was a variety of new ways of controlling your computer and its applications without using the traditional keyboard-and-mouse user interface. We've been hearing about "natural user interfaces" for a long time, and products from the Wii controller to steering wheels for car games and guitars for Guitar Hero have long proved that there are better ways to do some things. But this year's show had lots of new implementations, several of which were quite unusual.

Keynote speeches often talk about futuristic effects, and this year's were no exception. Microsoft's Bill Gates talked about natural user interface and included demos that used voice recognition and another that showed Microsoft surface, a large display that works in some ways like a large iPhone screen. But these demos weren't new: he showed similar things in past years.

Intel's Paul Otellini pulled together a number of different demos for his keynote, the most interesting of which involved taking Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell and involving him with a number of music applications. He used eJamming to play music with his band mates in other locations over the Internet.

Then Intel used BigStage to create a 3D avatar of the singer. Harwell stepped in front of 14 cameras in a system designed by Organic Motion to capture his movements as he sang and dance, and then that was inserted, along with the band, into a virtual "garage" created by Virtual Heroes:"    (Continued via PC Magazine Blogs, Michael J. Miller)    [Usability Resources]

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