Posts Tagged ‘interface’

Nissan Leaf Electric Car has some interesting interactions - December 15th, 2009

Leaf Dashboard Display

Leaf Dashboard Display

The Technology Review has an interesting report out about how the all-electric Nissan Leaf will be helping transition drivers from a gas-based fuel infrastructure to an electric one. It is particularly interesting to notice how email, mobile and location-aware applications become part of a user’s interactions with the car:

“The Leaf’s dashboard display will show remaining battery life, the location of charging stations, and which stations are within range. When the car gets low on power, the driver can put it into a “limp” mode so it drives at the most-efficient speed to ensure it gets there.”

Once the driver plugs a car into a charging station, Nissan sends e-mail updates on how the charge is progressing, and when it’s done. And finally, the owner can use a mobile device to switch on the car’s electric air-conditioner or heater before detaching it from the charging station, so as not to waste battery life after pulling away.

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Posted: 12/15/09 8:26 am PDT by Add Your Comment
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No plans this weekend? Machine Project! - July 23rd, 2009

From Garnet:
If you’re in LA and have no plans for Friday night…
From Machine Project:
Computer Interface: A Video History
Friday, July 24th, 2009

A talk by Jamie Zigelbaum

The interface is the bridge and bottleneck between humans and
computers. Over the past 50 years researchers have invented and
imagined many and various interfaces to join synapse and transistor.
In this talk Jamie will give a brief history of human-computer
interaction research and we’ll watch videos of seminal interfaces from
Sutherland’s Sketchpad in ‘63 up through the latest nerdtastic work at
MIT and elsewhere.

Jamie Zigelbaum is a Ph.D. student in Prof. Hiroshi Ishii’s Tangible
Media Group at the MIT Media Lab. This talk is a version of a lecture
that he’s given with Dr. Jean-Baptiste Labrune in Ishii’s Tangible
Interfaces class and with Labrune and Seth Hunter in Prof. Pattie
Maes’ and Ishii’s New Paradigms for Human-Computer Interaction class.
Jamie is in LA for the summer working downtown at Oblong Industries.

Machine Project
1200 N Alvarado St
Los Angeles, CA 90026-3127

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Posted: 7/23/09 10:38 am PDT by Comments Off
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Love Hate Punch - October 1st, 2008

Via BoingBoing

This video shows a punching bag which changes colors as it aggregates punches. Punch history appears to degrade over time. Tangible-ambient-UI-sort-a thing

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Posted: 10/1/08 11:46 am PDT by Comments Off
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Dashboard U/I Innovation - May 1st, 2008

Lamborghini Reventón Dashboard

The dashboard for the Lamborghini Reventón. How much does good design cost? Well this design will cost you 1 million euro. Oh for the day when my car needs an artificial horizon indicator….

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Posted: 5/1/08 7:16 pm PDT by Comments Off
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Welcome Hitachi Smartboard - April 24th, 2008

Hitachi Starboard

Hitachi Starboard

There’s a new smart whiteboard in the lab, a SmartBoard by Hitachi.

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Posted: 4/24/08 8:10 am PDT by Comments Off
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Applying Value-sensitive Design in Designing Pervasive Brain-computer Interfaces - February 22nd, 2008

Moleskins and Pens

Congratulations to grad student Nithya Sambasivan, on having had a paper accepted to CHI 2008:

Sambasivan.N., Jackson M.M., Applying Value-sensitive Design in Designing Pervasive Brain-computer Interfaces, in Extended Abstracts, CHI 2008: ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Florence, Italy, April, 2008
[Co-author: Prof.Melody Moore Jackson (Gatech). Workshop on Brain-Computer Interfaces for HCI and Games]

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Posted: 2/22/08 6:00 am PDT by Comments Off
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Imagine Cup 2008: User Interface Contest - January 23rd, 2008

Imagine Cup – Interface Design Guidelines

“Creativity, innovative ideas, and usability – when these three elements come together for users of software or Web applications it becomes pure magic. The experience that the artist and developer can create with a well designed user interface can make or break the application that it sits in front of.

First Place $8,000″

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Posted: 1/23/08 5:47 am PDT by Comments Off
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Seeing Like an Interface - November 30th, 2007

Moleskins and Pens

Congratulations to faculty member Paul Dourish, on having had a paper accepted to OzCHI 2007:

Dourish, P. 2007. Seeing Like an Interface. Proc. Australasian Computer-Human Interaction Conference OzCHI 2007 (Adelaide, Australia).

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Posted: 11/30/07 8:00 am PDT by Comments Off
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A digital interface which challenges the paper catalog - September 13th, 2007

Paper catalogs are so much better for facilitating remote shopping (IMHO) than existing digital solutions for online shopping. Both of which pale in comparison to an actual retail store. However, I have to give oSkope some credit for giving me a reason to think that a digital solution might be coming.

oSkope scrapes shopping sites for images and presents them in your web browser in ways that are reminiscent of the BumpTop interface. The subtle inclusion of graphs of sales rank and price hint at useful capabilities that a retail store or paper catalog can’t match. Give it a try.

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Posted: 9/13/07 5:48 am PDT by Add Your Comment
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Wall display project – Call for Local Developers! - May 12th, 2007

If you’ve been to the LUCI lab recently, you may have noticed a bunch of blue post-its on the walls of the 5th floor. Those are the proposed locations for a bunch (19) of modified PSPs that we are planning on deploying for the building dedication as a navigation system. If all goes well with regard to funding and technology, we are going to ramp this up to a total of ~70 displays on the 5th floor plus an information kiosk at the elevator.

There are a lot of opportunities to help us with this, plus a lot of opportunities to use the hardware for your research. We could really use some local help to roll this out by the 20th. Nick Noack is spearheading the charge and is coordinating volunteers. Here are the immediate needs:

* Display Driver – Develop the code to run each mini display device
- Develop in C/C++
- Involves network coding and basic graphics (in a style similar to OpenGL)

* Server – Develop the backend to handle navigation, administration, and display control
- Develop in Java
- Network & server coding
- Web interface for administration

* Large Touchscreen Driver – Develop the interface for selecting destination & displaying events
- Provide user interface to system & server
- Language & toolkits unknown.

If you are local and interested in helping us develop this application, or would like more info, please contact Nick (nnoack AT

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Posted: 5/12/07 11:00 am PDT by Comments Off
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