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Derek Tracy wrote:
> On 5/3/07, *Johannes Neugschwentner Jr* <neugschwentner@...
> <mailto:neugschwentner@...>> wrote:
> Hi Guys!
> i'm writing a thesis on "the user-centerd desktop".
> as part of the thesis i'm doing a prototype too.
> this is something i really longed to do for a long time and am now
> about to
> start. since i'm under a tight schedule and am not too good a
> programmer with
> not too much experience it ain't gonna be something big.
> but anyway. read some boox. surfed around.
> found the plasma project ( plasma.kde.org
> <http://plasma.kde.org>). xinf.org <http://xinf.org> (xinf.org
> <http://xinf.org>). screenweaver
> hx (http://haxe.org/swhx). of course there is superkaramba ...
> tend to doing it in haxe (eclihaxe + screenweaver hx) ... pretty
> sure about
> that since the only language i'm really fluent in is actionscript
> and haxe is
> not far from it (wanted to do it in flex before ... but prefer
> haxe since
> it's all open source)
> did some research on hci (designing interactions) ... am going to
> do empirical
> user research .... non-technical-useres ..
> am doing some research on the piling metapher and lifestreams & co
> at the mom.
> bumptop by the way with it's piling metaphor is really something very
> appealing and those guys with their thesis did exactly what i'm
> going to do.
> (www.bumptop.com <http://www.bumptop.com> )
> well, i'm not exactly sure what i wanna say or question with this,
> but hey,
> found out about this mailing list and thought - hey, sounds great,
> give it a
> so if you got any ideas, proposals, whatever, here i am
> Johannes Neugschwentner
> You might want to consider looking at http://www.symphonyos.com/cms/
> they have the most unique approach to a user oriented desktop that I
> have seen to date they are using Mozilla engine w/XUL so it shouldn't
> be too difficult to program.
> Derek Tracy
> tracyde@... <mailto:tracyde@...>
Unfortunately, SymphonyOS died -- the founder ran out of his own money,
essentially. UIs are a *huge* business, and while I applaud and
encourage basic research and initiative, it's *very* difficult to turn
such research and initiative into cash.
That said, the sort of UI that I think of as the "UI of the future"
would be a full virtual reality environment with which one could do
"whole-body interaction" with a computer. How about an exercise bicycle
with a keyboard and mouse on the handlebars? A wall-sized keyboard one
could punch with boxing gloves? Drag-and-drop with objects that actually
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