The Kids are Teaching Us

Children can teach us quite a bit regarding user interface and design, especially with regard to 3D virtual worlds.  I have been researching and prototyping direct manipulation (coined “immersive touch”) 3D virtual environments for many years now & direct manipulation certainly proves to be more intuitive for kids.  The key points to a “menu-less” environment rely’s on intuitive interaction (doing things in the virtual world as you would do them in the real world) – some of which are difficult to replicate (walking for example).  As “immersive touch” continues to evolve – many of these limitation will be overcome with intuitive design methods.

3D on the interactive surface (& Education) – Immersive Touch

With the long awaited “10 inch Ipod Touch” soon to be rolled out – Is this laying the seeds for “Immersive Touch”?…. A run down of past posts:

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From RSS to Twitter – Google turns Feedburner into a Twitter Service

In reference to my past posts regarding RSS & how the reader is evolving “into” Twitter.  Below is a piece from ReadWrite Web regarding what Google is now doing with Feedburner and Twitter

Google just announced that its FeedBurner RSS publishing service now supports automatic publishing to a Twitter account. If you’re among the many people who use the service Twitterfeed (like CNN, the WhiteHouse, ReadWriteWeb, etc.) then you may very well find that startup expendable starting now. That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this and a series of related announcements over the past few days.

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A Mouse-less & Menu-less Future


A new post on develop-online.net caught my attention today - Bill Gates envisions Natal-esque PC future

“Whether it’s making a gesture in a business meeting to zoom in on a chart, or try and look at what a house would be like before it’s built, this idea of the computer seeing 3D displays and voice interaction [shows that] the keyboard and the mouse – which is how we think of the computer today – is not the only way we interact.”

(from Feb 2008) Direct input is to 3D environments what the mouse is to flat ones. Which is basically the point of Mitch Kapor in this article - http://www.news.com/8301-13772_3-9873205-52.html?tag=tb — We are using surface devices with Edusim now of course … but as other more natural forms of input emerge I can see this having an impact in immersive education as well.

See all my touch and “Mouseless” posts here

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