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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

TED - Touch-driven interface to computers


Recently I had the "good" fortune of teaching my dad how to use a PC. I am sure, people with similar experience would agree that its really a pain to make them feel comfortable with the mouse..Which button to click to select? Which button to click for menu? Which button to click for opening/dragging/moving? questions galore..at one point it becomes so frustrating that you will trade anything for Douglas Engelbart.

So I was able to relate to the research of Jeff Han, a research scientist at NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences who has implemented this new "interface-free" touch-driven interface which makes the interation with computer much more interactive, lively and fun. He spoke at TED conference about this new interface. You can watch the video here.After watching the video, I had to agree, what he did with that new screen of his is simply amazing..You can find another kind of GUI interface called "Dontclick" here..

Staying with TED talks..this is the first time they have released the video/podcast of the conference to public..The talks are so popular that the tickets are sold out a year in advance..Do check out the talk by Larry Brilliant, Sir Ken Robinson, David Pogue and Julia Sweeney here...really nice.

2 Comments:

  • Hi, I dropped in here after reading Pankaj Bagri's blog. Could identify with teaching computers to the not so techno literate. I attempted teaching my dad and he had so many questions about computers that was so commonplace for regular users, that i literally tore my hair :-)

    By Blogger Supriya, at 9:39 PM  

  • Supriya, thanks for stopping by.

    By Blogger Prashant, at 12:16 AM  

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