Linked by David Adams on Sun 2nd Nov 2008 20:59 UTC, submitted by Dirk Sievert
Graphics, User Interfaces Oliver Hamann released a new version of his futuristic user environment called Eagle Mode. But the most interesting news is probably his project philosophy. There he lists pros and cons for replacing most of today's user interfaces by zoomable user interfaces. But unlike others, he don't want to replace the concept of desktop windows.
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60 minutes
by frank on Mon 3rd Nov 2008 04:02 UTC
frank
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2005-07-08

I just saw a segment on 60 minutes about BCI (Brain Computer interface) for those who suffered from Lou Gehrig's or Strokes as a means for communication, navigation, etc. They basically created WMP interfaces for typing, and moving cursors around a screen. It's slow, and relatively accurate. I wonder, though, if ZUI's would help speed things up.

Imagine zooming in on a Letter 'A' instead of waiting for the lettr to scroll by, or moving a cursor to it to "click" on it. Seems like it could be more accurate,, and potentially even faster since you're breaking the alphabet into quadrants, narrowing down the available choices by zooming in.

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RE: 60 minutes
by Laurence on Mon 3rd Nov 2008 10:15 in reply to "60 minutes"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

I just saw a segment on 60 minutes about BCI (Brain Computer interface) for those who suffered from Lou Gehrig's or Strokes as a means for communication, navigation, etc. They basically created WMP interfaces for typing, and moving cursors around a screen. It's slow, and relatively accurate. I wonder, though, if ZUI's would help speed things up. Imagine zooming in on a Letter 'A' instead of waiting for the lettr to scroll by, or moving a cursor to it to "click" on it. Seems like it could be more accurate,, and potentially even faster since you're breaking the alphabet into quadrants, narrowing down the available choices by zooming in.


Gnome already have something like this. Can't for the life of me remember it's name, but I'm pretty sure it's part of Gnomes default package.

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RE[2]: 60 minutes
by velko on Mon 3rd Nov 2008 14:54 in reply to "RE: 60 minutes"
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2006-06-19

Yeah. It's called dasher and works pretty well when you get used to it:

http://library.gnome.org/users/dasher/4.9/basics.html.en

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