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.
These match pretty closely my original MILL design prototypes.
The difference remains that mine in light weight & mobile, call for a lower cost hardware & open source software
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:
- The Future Classroom (Oct – 2009)
- What is Immersive Touch? (Oct – 2009)
- Real Impact of the IPhone & Android (Nov 2007)
- A Bigger Touch (July 2009)
- 3D on the Interactive Surface (Nov 2009)
- Immersive Touch – We have a Fan ! (Oct 2009)
- Going on 4 years of evangelizing “Immersive Touch” - (Aug 2009)
- Stars Aligning for Other Movements – (Dec 2007)
Having established the OpenWorld Repositories a few years ago it was our hope to start virtual world repositories focused on open source frameworks.
This year we plan to expand on the concepts now that they are out of the prototype phase and make them easier for the regular user user to submit their work into them.
Our prototypes reside at:
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.
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.