flexibility design – interesting concepts

June 30, 2011 at 5:29 am | Posted in creative | 1 Comment
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Though this post may not be related to interaction design, i thought it has interest set of concepts, which provocates design thoughts and discussion. Here, i am putting few of them to start a design conversation. Hope you like it.


A pen that never forgets

September 21, 2010 at 3:41 am | Posted in creative, design fun | Leave a comment
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I have always thought and had an idea, why not my pen remember what i write, or can it suggest me spell check even if  i write of normal paper!!

Though not with the same feature set, but with a different approach, Livescribe – a start up from Oakland, Calif has made smart pen that can record lectures & audio for further reference.

“The pens perform an interesting trick: when students write in their notebooks, the pen records audio of whatever is going on around it and links the audio to the handwritten words. If her written notes are inadequate, she can tap the pen on a sentence or word, and the pen plays what the teacher was saying at that precise point”

Though there are few points that makes this pen a bit tricky

  • It can not write & record on a normal paper, it requires specific kind of sheet
  • Students might get afraid using this pen, because it also records the surrounding and “students’ talk” – so private talks might not happen often 🙂
  • this pen size is as big as a cigar, now question is how do you hold it!!

I think it is really a great starting point. As technology improves, it may get smarter 🙂

Cheers students!!

Music in Images

September 19, 2010 at 7:24 am | Posted in creative, interaction design, interface design | Leave a comment
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Arjun Gupta, a master student in Digital Media from Drexel University, Philadelphia PA sent a mail to Prof. Ravi Mokashi, which was later on forwarded to me to get some feedback on his thesis project called “music in images”, where algorithmic music composition is created from digital images. While going through the website, and uploading an actual image, it is really pleasant and worth using it. Arjun mentions

“It presents an approach where visual art (or visual data) is transformed into music art (or sound data) through the application of an algorithmic filter.

This project presents a new approach towards algorithmic music composition where the music is composed using the pixel values of digital images. The application makes use of image data, such as: pixel Color, Saturation, Brightness, and qualities like: Overall Image Brightness, Color Variation and Prominent Colors. The song attributes controlled by them include: Melody generation, Durations, Cord Generation, Chord Progression, Tempo,Scale and Transposition.”

Great going Arjun

a new clever sustainable shoe box

May 13, 2010 at 5:36 am | Posted in creative | Leave a comment
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Fuse project and puma has designed and developed a sustainable shoe box for their upcoming shoes. A clever little bag uses cardboard sheet, the bag uses 65% less cardboard than the standard shoe box, has no laminated printing, no tissue paper, takes up less space and weighs less in shipping, and replaces the plastic retail bag.

With our “clever little bag”, Puma kicks-off the next pivotal phase of its’ sustainability program.  The tens of millions of shoes shipped in our bag will reduce water, energy and diesel consumption on the manufacturing level alone by more than 60% per year. In other words: approximately 8,500 tons less paper consumed, 20 million Megajoules of electricity saved, 1 million liters less fuel oil used and 1 million liters of water conserved. During transport 500,000 liters of diesel is saved and lastly, by replacing traditional shopping bags the difference in weight will save almost 275 tons of plastic.


Indian tablet PC to take on apple ipad

May 1, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Posted in creative, technology | 3 Comments
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Great to see IIT Kharagpur students coming up with a new yet unrevealed tablet PC to take on apple’s ipad. Named “Adam PC” is developed by ex students of IIT Kharagpur, Rohan Shravan,(co-founder) Rohit Rathi, (co-founder) Sachin Ralhan (co-founder), Mohit Gupta, Anirudh Gupta, Rajat Sahni, Devanshu Agrawal.

Though all features and design is not yet revealed, but it has mentioned ”

This tablet PC which has 10.1 inches of Transflective LCD Pixel Qi screen, works with Dual core ARM Cortex A9 central processing unit, Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset and Google Android Operating System. Its screen modifies as soon as we take it out in the sunshine and shows multi touch facility. It changes to black and white screen as like that of an e-reader screen. Along with 3 Mega Pixel Auto focus camera, this product has Firefox, Google chrome browsers for internet browsing.

This tablet PC has features like dual display, 3G, Bluetooth, HDMI, USB, RF Ambient Light Sensor, AGPS, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, touch pad, SD card slot and other. Adam tablet PC supports Adobe flash 10.1 also. It works in Backlight of mode for 160 hours with 16 hours of battery backup”

It is launching in 2012.

Great going guys!!

2D barcode based navigation and information system

October 16, 2009 at 6:10 am | Posted in creative, interaction design | 5 Comments
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Imagine yourself in a completely unknown place and you are looking for someone to meet. You take out your mobile phone, start GPS.. but GPS does not work because of not being into open place. Then you start your browser, wait for network to select, type in “google maps.com” but unfortunately network signal is weak, that option is also gone. Imagine the same situation becoming worst, when your phone does not even have GPS/internet facility to run google maps, what to do..where to go?

Here we are.. “2D barcode based information and navigation system”

Not only navigation but also information system using 2D barcode (like QR code, semacode, maxicode etc) designed and prototyped by Keyur Sorathia(Interaction Designer) & Dhairya Dand(Computer Science Expert). A research project exploring new possibilities on contextual navigation & information using almost any camera mobile phone and with just 50 paise print out.

Here, the scenario tries to explain every aspect of it, still we are mentioning some important points needs to be considered.

If we explain the process in simple steps:

start reader >> triggers your camera >> automatically fetches the data & shows on mobile screen

Some more points that are not mentioned in the scenario:

  • Technology is designed in such a way that, unlimited data can be stored and displayed
  • Detailed contextual information is displayed which never happens in GPS / google maps
  • Information can be displayed using all media of videos, images and text.
  • The system can be placed and used in any place
  • It requires only step interaction to call, send SMS, view website & mail

Currently we have a low fidelity prototype using Nokia N95 and looking forward to make a working prototype using other mobile phones.

Waiting for the comments 🙂

thoughful acts!!

October 3, 2009 at 9:28 am | Posted in creative | 2 Comments
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Humans are intelligent animals (perhaps social also, but never thought about it). We see our surroundings, observe them and then modify them to complete our tasks. This post is about describing some of those intelligent modification only where we use our everyday life objects to complete some or the other tasks of us. Here are some of the example which might interest you and next time when we do, we for sure give a thought about it.

thoughful acts

thoughful acts 2

thoughtful act 3

Future PC

August 25, 2009 at 5:41 pm | Posted in creative, future | Leave a comment

What is the future PC? How would it look like, interms of form, structure, interaction and many more. Though it is quite old, but interesting concept were presented at Futuristic PC by microsoft in 2008. Cnet has presented all the concept here. I am showing the winner entry which is Napkin PC. I found it interesting in a way where it is an open ended concept that can be taken further in any domain a designer could think of. If we look at other projects, then they were focused on one specific domain, which in a way is required.


“A multi-user, multi-interface, modular computer designed for creative professionals to collaborate and bring their greatest ideas to life”. The interface consists of any number of ‘Napkins’ and a ‘Pen’. When powered by the Pen, the Napkin is a multi-touch input display that responds to human touch as well as the Pen “

understanding creative director :)

August 24, 2009 at 8:48 am | Posted in creative | Leave a comment
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Just now i was reading core77, interesting article on understanding creative director. Article only showed an image on the page, which i guess was more than enough to explain what they wanted to show. It is a core toon developed by core77. Here it is,


It is fun to watch. Cheers!!

can metaphor be interactive?

August 17, 2009 at 5:48 pm | Posted in creative | 2 Comments
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I don’t know whether i have articulated the heading properly, but the idea is “can we design metaphors which are interactive”. Here I am not trying to get into a core funda of interaction design of input-output, but trying to understand whether metaphors can be more communicative than interactive. Perhaps communication design is a proper word to describe it. But lets get to the point, recently i was watching a video of IXDA 2009 by Robert Fabricant from Frog Design, where i came across a really interesting example of sustainable speedometer. It is interesting to see how metaphor design can make a huge difference in communicating the concept.


I do not think i need to explain what is says. 🙂

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