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Multitouch and Multigesture November 17, 2006

Posted by reto wettach in innovative interfaces, physical interaction design.

Jeff Han and his wonderful multitouch investigation is nothing new to the interaction design community. But this little video (produced by podtech)from Microsoft resarch is quite stunning, because it allows similar functionalities with a finger-tracking interface. I wonder how it feels to interaction with no tactile feedback…?

(via NSTB)

The Micro Rhythm Orchestra November 17, 2006

Posted by reto wettach in music.
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The Micro Rhythm Orchestra – a nice little project by J. Foote : a cigar-box, equiped with 4 solenois, which hammer a rhythm.

Tools for Innovation – Part I November 17, 2006

Posted by reto wettach in innovation process.
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Through a couple of projects we have been doing at the Interaction Design Lab, I am asking myself, how to develop “Tools for Innovation”. By this, I mean software supported tools, which inspire and help to find opportunities and interesting interrelations.

The first tool, which I am looking at, is “Mapping”: Through a multi-dimensional arrangement of new ideas and/or existing projects one might be able to spot areas of opportunities. My professor, Hans (Nick) Roericht, and his team wrote about Mapping:

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gesucht ist eine art der darstellung, die aufgrund ihrer inneren struktur, geschaffen durch “polungen” analog den himmelsrichtungen, die orientierung innerhalb eines sujets erleichtert.

(we are searching for a diagram, which supports the orientation within a subject, based on the diagram’s internal structure, which is constructed through “polarities” – similar to the directions on the compass)

Mapping should be used – according the Roericht – for the following purposes:

…für die systematische variantenbildung.
…zur gliederung von begrifflichkeiten.
…zur strukturierung der eigenen gedankengänge.
(…for systematically producing variations.
…for  the classification of the terminology.
…for structuring thoughts.)


Together with Fabian Hemmert, Andre Knörig and Julia Werner we developed a flash prototype of “Mapping”-tool, so far a two-dimensional solution

For a project about tactile mobile interaction, we used 11 axis, which could be selected within a pull-down-menue:
Based on the selection of axis the projects would be rearranged dynamically. Here a detail view:

(I did not upload the tool yet, because it is still kind of buggy)

I am wondering, how to further develop this tool. Some ideas we are having are related to more dimensions, but mostly easy access of the project library and the various evaluations. Furthermore it would be interesting to apply Web2.0 ideas to this tool. Any comment welcome!

Talk on Prototyping by Yaniv Steiner November 17, 2006

Posted by reto wettach in innovation process, prototyping tools.
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My former colleague Yaniv Steiner, which whom I taught the wonderful course “Strangely Familar” in Ivrea, gave a talk on prototyping in interaction design. Here you can find a podcast and the slides.

He is also talking about the process, in which prototyping should be embedded:
I especially like Yaniv’s thought “keep it open”: prototyping should always stay a step within a process, never arrive at the goal!

(Regine from wemakemoneynotart went to Yaniv’s talk and wrote a nice blog entry)