Monthly archive for April2010

3x2x2: A New Method of Thumb Typing for Tablet Computers

Fast Company has an article 3 Ways the iPad Could Kill QWERTY. I find it unlikely that QWERTY as a typing construct is going to go away, as the system and the keyboards we know now have evolved over decades to its current refined state. See, for instance, this collection of early typewriter keyboards. However, I do think tablet PCs such as the iPad offer other possibilities for typing, especially given that typing using touchscreen keyboards as they currently are, well, sucks.

Two new typing configurations I’ve considered revolve around how we hold tablet PCs. Typically, unless you are using a stylus, a tablet is held with two hands, with thumbs on the front or side of the device, and your four remaining fingers on the back. It’s a natural, grasping gesture for humans. This leans me to think there there could be two possible new typing methods: one typing using your fingers on the back of the device by making use of ghost fingers, and another typing with just your thumbs using the screen on the front of the device.

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What Kicker Was Doing the Week Ending 2010-04-25

"Running a country? There's an app for that." Stranded Norwegian PM runs country by iPad: http://is.gd/bzmR1 # Using Laptop Accelerometers for Earthquake Detection http://is.gd/bzQNA in the Quake-Catcher Network http://is.gd/bzQST # Map of a Tweet http://is.gd/bzRfG Much more than 140 characters. # The future of windows…

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Cinematic Reading

What you have here is what I call cinematic reading. The “camera” moves from item to item like a camera would, or like your eye would if you were scanning the page, then stopping to read different items: text to partial image to fuller image to whole page, in a variety of configurations. You can, of course, manually override it via double tap or pinching/spreading. But it offers a solution that could be applied to other combinations of text and image: that is, reading that isn’t books or mostly text articles. Namely: magazines.

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What Kicker Was Doing the Week Ending 2010-04-18

Tired: One Laptop Per Child. Wired: One Mobile Phone Per Child http://is.gd/boIE0 (via @mcrate_s) # DASH7: Bringing Sensor Networks to Smartphones http://is.gd/bpJWV # 56 Best Websites To Create Awesome Royalty Free Sound Effects http://is.gd/bq9aM # Happy National Robotics Week! http://is.gd/bq9uZ @roboweek #roboweek # It's 2010….

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What Kicker Was Doing the Week Ending 2010-04-11

It was awesome of our building management NOT to inform us of the massive construction project happening below our office. # Critical (but honest) review of the iPad: http://is.gd/bg1L8 (We're enjoying ours, but it is flawed.) # RT @rzaragoza: Helvetica cookie cutters for the new…

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The Design Process and the Scientific Method

Every once in a while, there are rumblings about how the design process should be more like the scientific method. Although I profoundly disagree with this (more in a moment), I can understand this impulse.

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Review: Design-Driven Innovation

I’m surprised there wasn’t more discussion last year when Roberto Verganti’s Design Driven Innovation: Changing the Rules of Competition by Radically Innovating What Things Mean came out. It’s fairly controversial, striking as it does at one of design’s current sacred cows: user-centered design.

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What Kicker Was Doing the Week Ending 2010-04-05

Fake Bus Stop Helps Alzheimer's Patients http://bit.ly/dcGRVO Nurses allow patients to explore fantasy escape /via @janepyle # iPhone-compatible jeans for geeks. http://bit.ly/dqSW6L (via @jmspool) # Open Source Lion Tracking Collars on KickStarter: http://kck.st/dqekso (via @tigoe) # Is beleaguered Sony seriously launching a product whose initials…

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Mobile Touchscreen Cut and Paste Comparison

A comparison across platforms of the solutions to cut and paste on mobile devices with touchscreens.

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How to Lie with Design Strategy

I gave a presentation at Adaptive Path’s 2010 MX Conference, which was kind of a mini-sequel to my How to Lie with Design Research talk I gave a few years ago.

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New blog post: Eyes on the Road! Or why my car should NOT be a giant smartphone on wheels: http://t.co/O4Z8OJ3N6S4 hours ago