Website development cycle

January 9, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Posted in interface design | Leave a comment

A post after a looooong time, uh!! Recently i came across a post on IXDA about website development cycle. One of the IXDA member Shenoa Lawrence had actually development his perspective of website development cycle. Thought people would like to see.

So, what you think about it?

Mother of all demo

November 7, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Posted in technology | Leave a comment
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It is always worth watching Doug Engelbart and his works. Recently i came across his video called “the mother of all demo” explaining the process for of his mouse invention and work. It is always interesting to see and understand the process instead of looking at the final product. Worth watching

Coming IXDA 2011

October 4, 2010 at 3:16 am | Posted in interaction design | 1 Comment
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All of you who are interested in Interaction Design, Research, new innovation, design strategy etc., you will find a good blend of all at IXDA 2011. This time it is happening at Boulder, Colorado. Interesting programs, workshops and a good line up of speakers that includes Bill Verplank, Brenda Laurel, Bruce Sterling, Eric Hersman, Jason Bruges, Richard Buchanan, Lisa Strausfeld. Will wait for the videos!!

Here you can find the details

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

google ate all buttons :) interesting discussion

September 18, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Posted in interaction design | 2 Comments
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There is an interesting discussion going on IXDA group on “the death of buttons, google killed them”. It shows a known yet non-discussed approach towards google’s “enter” key used to search keywords instead of using search “button” on google. Pritam Pebam has initiated this talk and its really taking it to an interesting and different point of views regarding the same topic.

Though i think i mut mention one point here, that might not agree with what Pritam says, is “the enter key press may be relevant to tech savvy users, but when it comes to non tech savvy users, they really need the search “button”, i have live examples infront – is my dad. Also sometimes the auto suggest is irritating for them as they do not come to browse on net, but they have a specific and focused requirement and they feel irritated when unnecessary auto suggest feature comes along”

But really nice going & worth reading discussion.

Interactive installation to create awareness on energy efficiency and conservation

August 30, 2010 at 5:35 am | Posted in interactive installation | Leave a comment
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As my first official module with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Guwahati, in Dept. of Design, the project has been kicked off. It is the part of “Interactive Communication Project” and theme is based on “design and development of interactive installation to create awareness on energy efficiency and conservation”.

The complete module will be of 32 days, starting from the research to ideas & concept to prototyping. It looks like an interesting starting as energy conservation is one the critical part for country’s development.

Details of the project can be found here.

GUI based app inventor for andriod!!

July 13, 2010 at 2:23 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Recently andriod team has developed and given a preview of “app inventor for andriod” on the web. Interesting part of this application is, the development seems to have made easy through a graphical user interface, where user really does not need to have programming knowledge. It also allows to use all capabilities of phone like accelerometer, text to speech etc.

Though it is not yet there to download, but for sure looking forward to play with it!!

intel aims to redefine computing experience

July 8, 2010 at 6:27 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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On 30th June, 2010 Intel Corporation Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner announced a new research division, called Interaction and Experience Research (IXR), that is focused on defining new user experiences and new computing platforms. The innovations coming out of the labs are expected to help re-imagine how we will all experience computing in the future.

“Better technology isn’t enough these days,” said Rattner. “What the individual values today is a deeply personal, information experience. When I look ahead, this is the biggest change in computing I see coming. At Intel, we’ve been building up our capabilities in the user experience and interaction areas for over a decade. We’ve recently assembled an outstanding team of researchers consisting of both user interface technologists and social scientists to create the next generation of user experiences. We’ve learned, for example, that the television experience isn’t the same thing as the Web experience, even though more and more TV will be delivered via the Internet. Browsing the Web at 10 feet is an experience few people relish, but television experienced via the Internet is a huge step beyond broadcast.”

Press Launch

round your tunes!!

June 29, 2010 at 7:18 am | Posted in interaction design | 1 Comment

As this blog showcases several projects on different interaction modalities, i thought this will be a nice project to showcase.

Teague team has developed an exploration on radio interfaces from a flat interface to a rounded interface. Though was wondering, how it works when it goes to real users. As designers we should really think about these kinds of interfaces to overcome the flat and boring interactions.

“The Radioball, an idea conceived and built by Teague’s Benoit Collette and Adam Kumpf, is an exploratory device that encourages discovery through rich spatial interaction. Thinking back to the days of old analog radios, the magic of finding unexpected stations in the midst of fuzz was both enchanting and evocative. Compare that with today’s digital-based interactions of screens and tact switches; they give us exactly what we want when we want it, but leave no room to stumble onto alternative choices.”


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