Monthly archive for June2010

Skill Atoms and Skill Trees

We tend to “simply, hide, or chop” features up, because our model of how people use products (a pyramid with most users as beginners at the bottom of the pyramid, working up to a small number of users as experts at the top of the pyramid) is wrong. It’s the job of designers, Cook feels, to “pull users towards mastery” instead of simplifying features for the lowest common denominator. How to do that involves game mechanics, namely what he calls skill atoms and skill trees.

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What Kicker Was Doing the Week Ending 2010-06-27

What if…Nokia used Android? http://is.gd/d1G0W #

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What Kicker Was Doing the Week Ending 2010-06-20

A doctor's review of rounds with an iPad http://is.gd/cNIZI # Military-Grade Augmented Reality Could Redefine Modern Warfare http://is.gd/cNJB5 # Sensors to calculate oil flow rate in Gulf are deployed. http://on.cnn.com/djONWN (via @cnnbrk) # What’s The Secret Behind Diapers.com Success? A Kiva Robot Warehouse http://is.gd/cO4cq #…

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What Kicker Was Doing the Week Ending 2010-06-13

Amazon's Bezos seeks patent on facial gesture-based 1-click purchase approval: http://bit.ly/d9ZEmB (via @danachis @jmspool) # From ID to UX: The heritage and evolving role of experience-driven design: @baskinger's new article for @uxmag http://uxm.ag/cp # "In general, “I” takes you to that creepy HAL 9000 place….

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Announcing: Device Design Day

We’re very pleased to announce Device Design Day: a one-day conference for professionals who design consumer electronics, appliances, mobile devices, and objects with embedded technology.

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What Kicker Was Doing the Week Ending 2010-06-06

Interesting look at Crossbow Sensors and eKo PRO, a wireless platform for outdoor sensors http://is.gd/cylDB # Your next coworker might be a robot http://is.gd/czO8c # Tracking the Oil Spill with Robots (podcast) http://is.gd/czOkN # Apple: Don't make your iPad app look like a desktop http://is.gd/czTjJ…

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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