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Car UI Gestures HCI UI Prototypes

A Gesture-Controlled Car User Interface

[UPDATE] You can now try out the Car UI yourself in Safari on your iPad.

Well, the title says it all: »A New Car UI: How touch screen controls in cars should work«. I am not convinced that car user interfaces should work exactly that way but I have to admit that the user interface of this prototype is intriguing.

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Gestures HCI Hochschule RheinMain Multi-Touch Tabletop Systems

SecuVa – A Collaborative Gesture Framework Supporting Tabletop User Interfaces

In the course of his Master thesis at the Hochschule RheinMain, Tim Hofmann researched the possibilities of collaborative gestures on tabletop user interfaces. I supervised his thesis and am really impressed what Tim has created.

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Conference HCI Hochschule RheinMain

A Few HCI International 2013 Impressions

Currently, I am attending the conference HCI International 2013 to present the EMIL paper by our research group. HCI International is a conference on human factors similar to CHI and it is huge with 1666 accepted papers and 264 parallel sessions. The conference takes place at The Mirage in Las Vegas, which adequately is a huge place.

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HCI Internet Legacy Computing

R.I.P. Douglas Engelbart

Recently Douglas Engelbart passed away. He is popular for his human-computer interaction research and famous for a demo session which has been named »The Mother of all Demos« on December 9, 1968. In this demo session he introduced the computer mouse, hypermedia (which lead to HTML) and word processing (plus many other techniques). Watch the video above to see the demo.

I love the Dr. Strangelove-ish spirit of it. If you do not want to watch the whole demo, just put on headphones, switch to another task and enjoy Engelbart’s soothing voice.

[Update:] I think this quote endorses the last point I made: »Ken Kesey who, having received a demo of Engelbart’s NLS (the oNLine System) said, awed, “It’s the next thing after acid.”«

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3D Printing Authoring HCI Laser Cutting science

constructable: interactive lasercutting

A very nice research project that shows the strength of interactive authoring tools in combination with product design.