Pivot – Great Visualization Tool developed by Microsoft Live Labs

This time I discovered a great application developed by Microsoft Live Labs called Pivot. Pivot enables users to discover huge information spaces by different visual filtering options. You are able to look at hundred thousands of information space entities such as pictures, … and filter these in different ways (zoom in/out, create links between different information items, …). The following video describes Pivot in more detail:

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For the fasted nine users I will share my installation code:

  • Installation Code: B6B0 E779 CA5B BBD3

Have fun with Pivot and let me know if you like it or what you think of it in the comments below.

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Web Science Reading List

I have just added a new site to my this weblog called “Web Science Reading List“. This reading list collects a lot of interesting information on web science and similar topics. Since I do not have time to read all of the articles immediately I am going to collect them on this site and bookmark them on delicious too. If you are interested in this topic as well do not hesitate to contact me or to subscribe to my delicious bookmarks and to the feed of this weblog.

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How will The Future of Interface Design look like?

David Leggett tried to answer this question in a blogpost written for uxBOOTH. He writes:

The future of how we interact with computers is exciting to say the least. What once seemed like nonsense outside of Hollywood and Science Fiction is now starting to find it’s way into reality, and some of the technology is a bit overwhelming. Have a taste of what the future of interface design has to offer:

Here are some of the most interesting videos from the post as well as some additional ones i have found:

Head Up Displays for Consumer Vehicles

The following video is showing an Apple iPhone App using the concept of Heas Up Displays. Working not so bad actually.

Originally Head Up Displays were developed for military use:

Gesture Based Interfaces

Applications like the following are geture based and increasingly becoming populous.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCJ5dyNDfkE

Another very interesting type of gesture based interfaces are multitouch screens like seen in the following video:

Spatial Motion Interfaces

In Spatial Motion Interfaces the user becomes the controller and can controll the application through movements the user is performing. Check out the following video for a demonstration. Lookes really interesting.

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality is brings virtual reality and the real work together and makes it possible to build great applications. As mobile devices increase in computing power this applications are becoming more and more popular:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReH9dmqfOqA

Other sensor Based Interfaces

Other sensor Based Interfaces are Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI) enabling to communicate with an application through just thinking of specific commands:

B2B – BrainToBrain: A BCI Experiment

Mind Control Device Demonstration – Tan Le

Smart Surfaces

Smart Surfaces are becoming more and more popular too. Here is a video showing this concept:

Feel free to add some interesting videos which you have found on the web. I am happy if you post them in the comments.

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What will the web look like in five years?

Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google was answering this question in an interesting interview at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Orlando 2009. ReadWriteWeb has summarized the highlights of Eric’s interview as follows:

  • Five years from now the internet will be dominated by Chinese-language content.
  • Today’s teenagers are the model of how the web will work in five years – they jump from app to app to app seamlessly.
  • Five years is a factor of ten in Moore’s Law, meaning that computers will be capable of far more by that time than they are today.
  • Within five years there will be broadband well above 100MB in performance – and distribution distinctions between TV, radio and the web will go away.
  • “We’re starting to make significant money off of Youtube”, content will move towards more video.
  • “Real time information is just as valuable as all the other information, we want it included in our search results.”
  • There are many companies beyond Twitter and Facebook doing real time.
  • “We can index real-time info now – but how do we rank it?”
  • It’s because of this fundamental shift towards user-generated information that people will listen more to other people than to traditional sources. Learning how to rank that “is the great challenge of the age.” Schmidt believes Google can solve that problem.

Chinese-language content, no differences between distribution channels and real time information are some very interesting topics which I really have to dive in. If you feel interested then have a look at the video of the interview:

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(via ReadWriteWeb)

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