26 January 2010

The Tablet of tomorrow, today…

As most of you know, tomorrow Apple is going to make an announcement. How big or little this announcement is depends on who you listen to, but most people tend to agree that the meat of the show will be the unveiling of the much rumored Tablet.
However, I’m wondering if it is going to be more than just a “tablet”.
To me, a tablet, something between the iPhone and the MacBook just makes no sense to Apple. Sure, there’s lots of those already, and I’m sure some of them make money, but for Apple to get involved with it, there has to be a market. They just don’t go and create things willy-nilly and hope for the best. They KNOW (or think they know) that something is going to work before they share it with the rest of us.
That means that this “tablet” is going to have to have some killer functionality to it in order to distinguish it from all the other ones already on the market.
Looking at the logo for the upcoming event (which I must admit I’m afraid to host here so I’ll link to it elsewhere and hope for the best), I think I have an idea of what it might be. You know me, I can’t not analyze something…
Looking at the shape of the logo, it appears to be in a tablet shape. Ok, that’s kind of a no brainer.
It’s also covered with paint splotches. Colorful, isn’t it? But wait, these look…well purposeful.
Also note that said splotches are NOT finger paint. Which one would expect with a tablet “ad”.
What this suggests to me is that this tablet is going to have an optical recognition software where you interact with the device by looking at certain parts of it.
Now, before you say I’m crazy, here’s my thinking.
I’m a User eXperience professional for a living. My job is to make software and websites that people can use easily, and enjoy using. A byproduct of this is that I look at an awful lot of heat maps, which are illustrations created by special cameras that track eye movement and mark on the page where people are looking. This helps us as UX Architects to determine where to put items on the page so people will find them.
Now, look at this heat map and go back and look at the “Latest Creation” ad. Looks kind of similar, doesn’t it? And notice where the largest splotch of paint is? Right on the Apple logo.
So, I may be WAY off base here, but I think tomorrow we’re going to see the beginning of optical input computing on a large scale.
We’ll see if I’m right.

As most of you know, tomorrow Apple is going to make an announcement. How big or little this announcement is depends on who you listen to, but most people tend to agree that the meat of the show will be the unveiling of the much rumored Tablet.

However, I’m wondering if it is going to be more than just a “tablet”.

To me, a tablet, something between the iPhone and the MacBook just makes no sense to Apple. Sure, there’s lots of those already, and I’m sure some of them make money, but for Apple to get involved with it, there has to be a market. They just don’t go and create things willy-nilly and hope for the best. They KNOW (or think they know) that something is going to work before they share it with the rest of us.

That means that this “tablet” is going to have to have some killer functionality to it in order to distinguish it from all the other ones already on the market.

Looking at the logo for the upcoming event I think I have an idea of what it might be. You know me, I can’t not analyze something…

Looking at the shape of the logo, it appears to be in a tablet shape. Ok, that’s kind of a no brainer.

It’s also covered with paint splotches. Colorful, isn’t it? But wait, these look…well purposeful.

Also note that said splotches are NOT finger paint. Which one would expect with a tablet “ad”, as you interact with a typical tablet with your fingers.

What this suggests to me is that this tablet is going to have an optical recognition software where you interact with the device by looking at certain parts of it.

Now, before you say I’m crazy, here’s my thinking:

I’m a User Experience (UX) professional for a living. My job is to make software and websites that people can use easily, and enjoy using. A byproduct of this is that I look at an awful lot of heat maps, which are illustrations created by special cameras that track eye movement and mark on the page where people are looking. This helps us as UX Architects to determine where to put items on the page so people will find them. Here’s an example.

Now, look at this heat map and go back and look at the “Latest Creation” ad. Looks kind of similar, doesn’t it? And notice where the largest splotch of paint is? Right on the Apple logo.

So, I may be WAY off base here, but I think tomorrow we’re going to see the beginning of optical input computing on a large scale.

We’ll see if I’m right. Check me tomorrow…

EDIT: 27 January 2010

Well, I was wrong. Too bad. I would have liked to see that. Regardless, I’ll still buy one.

13 October 2009

Google Wave: First thoughts…

Filed under: Computers,Technology

I got my invite to Google Wave today and have been playing with it a bit. So far, I have to say, it’s cool. I don’t really know if it will “be the next email” or even the replacement for it, but I can see a use for it: the end of the endless thread of long emails.

In business, it’s pretty common for an email to get passed from person to person, add another person, put in some more information, pass it back to someone else, and repeat. This leads to a HUGE amount of information that you may or may not need to know, as you part of it may be at the beginning, or worse, tucked somewhere in the middle of the conversation. This is where Google Wave will excel.

The neat thing about the Wave is the ability to “step into” the conversation at any point and play it back. You can roll back the conversation to any point and see what happened, with who, and when.

So, overall, I think it’s going to be a good product. It’s still a little buggy (crashed a bit on me in Firefox, but not Chrome, go figure), but I’m sure they’re working on it en masse.

More to come.

30 August 2009

If Architects Had to Work Like Web Designers

Filed under: Computers,Rants,Technology

It’s just like this working in software development sometimes. That’s why requirements are SO important.

“Please design and build me a house. I am not quite sure of what I need, so you should use your discretion. My house should have somewhere between two and forty-five bedrooms. Just make sure the plans are such that the bedrooms can be easily added or deleted. When you bring the blueprints to me, I will make the final decision of what I want. Also, bring me the cost breakdown for each configuration so that I can arbitrarily pick one.”

Read the rest here.

via Digital Survivors

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