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2010_SSIR_DesignThinking.pdf (application/pdf Object) Can Microsoft make Windows 8 the mobile OS? It may seem odd that Microsoft executives are traveling all the way to Barcelona, Spain, to debut the beta version of the upcoming Windows 8 operating system at a mobile device show.

Can Microsoft make Windows 8 the mobile OS?

But Microsoft, which has launched tablets and mobile phones long before rivals only to see others dominate those businesses, is hoping that the next version of its desktop operating system will reverse years of stumbling. "It's an acknowledgement that mobile is what Microsoft needs to address," said Rick Sherlund, an analyst with Nomura Securities. Tomorrow, the software giant will debut the Windows 8 beta , something the company is calling the Consumer Preview, at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona. MWC is the place where Nokia just debuted its 808 PureView phone with a huge 41 megapixel camera and Samsung unveiled its Galaxy Beam phone that includes an internal projector .

It's not the most likely venue for a major Windows announcement. Switched On: Think form factors, not PCs. Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology.

Switched On: Think form factors, not PCs

The iPad, launched in 2010, kicked off the post-PC era. The combination of a multitouch display and keyboard-less design enabled mobile computing in a way not done before. With Windows 8 Hybrid Laptops, it's all about the Trackpad. With Windows 8 coming later this year, Ultrabook makers are reportedly scratching their heads over how to integrate touchscreens with thin-and-light laptops.

With Windows 8 Hybrid Laptops, it's all about the Trackpad

Official Usability, UX & UI Guidelines From Companies. Stephen turbek: Usability, User Experience, and Coffee: When Bad Usability is Good User Experience. Stephen Turbek4 January 2012 Coffee and Design have a long history together -It's unclear if anyone could focus on kerning in the wee hours without it. CES 2012: Focus on the User Experience. CES 2012: Focus on the User Experience CEA research director says gadgets at this year's Consumer Electronics Show will boast simpler, better user interfaces and emphasize device personalization LAS VEGAS—In a presentation on the eve of the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Shawn DuBravac, research director for show producers the Consumer Electronics Association declared that the industry was entering the second decade of the digital transition.

CES 2012: Focus on the User Experience

“We spent the last decade playing out the digital transition, which was a broad shift from analog technologies such as VCRs to PVRs, or analogue TV to digital TV. The second phase will see the market start to leverage all these digital devices. The average household today has about 25 consumer electronics (CE) products—the next step is taking advantage of those devices with interconnectivity. He further suggested that as technology becomes more omnipresent it will step to the background. Intel's vision for Ultrabooks: combo of touchscreens, Kinect, and Siri. Intel outlined a future for Ultrabooks ranging over a number of new features at a Consumer Electronics Show press event Monday.

Intel's vision for Ultrabooks: combo of touchscreens, Kinect, and Siri

Concept devices included touchscreen Ultrabooks, tablet-style hybrids, voice command and gesture integration, and NFC integration to fill in credit card details to an online form by touching your card to a computer's touchpad. Mooly Eden, an Intel VP, indicated that the company's dedication to the Ultrabook concept remains strong, despite lukewarm receptions to and sales of the initial models, such as the Asus Zenbook and Toshiba Portege Z835. Aside from pumping up current models and denigrating overconsumption of media ("consumption is for cows, not people," he declared at one point), Eden demonstrated a number of concept devices that will be integrated into future models.

A second touchscreen prototype, the Nikishki, integrated a large see-through touchpad with a Windows touch interface to allow use of the computer when it's still closed. Intel ignores Steve Jobs, adds touchscreen to Ultrabook. High performance access to file storage CES 2012 Intel's research department has overruled Steve Jobs: touchscreens have been added to the next generation of Chipzilla's Ultrabook spec.

Intel ignores Steve Jobs, adds touchscreen to Ultrabook

"Touch skipped the notebook, skipped the Ultrabook. It was dedicated to phones, it was dedicated to tablets," Mooly Eden, general manager of Intel's PC Client Group told his audience on Monday morning at the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas. Customer journey mapping: Mapping out customer experience excellence. Customer journey mapping could hold the key to analysing and improving the customer experience.

Customer journey mapping: Mapping out customer experience excellence

Only recently a report from the Cabinet Office recommended CJM for authorities to provide a more efficient and cost-effective service. Beyond Kinect: 5 next-gen gesture systems. Someday, we will all control computers with our brain waves.

Beyond Kinect: 5 next-gen gesture systems

You will think of a command, such as turning on the headlights in your car or closing a dialog box, and a computer will react instantly. Until then, there is an incredibly precise way to control computer interfaces. Using nothing more than your own hands and fingers, gesture control systems seek to remove the one impediment to more immediate, ubiquitous computing: the stylus, keyboard, and mouse.

You wave your hand, and the computer starts playing a DVD. Or, you pick up a virtual object, turn it around, and throw it across the room. Of course, Microsoft Kinect was the first raging success in this space. By raising an arm or pointing at an object, you control the interface without a controller and immerse yourself into a realistic environment. Several companies are developing gesture systems that take the basic kinetic model of hand gestures and finger movements to the next level. 1. 2. 3.

Using gestures in low power, handheld devices to enhance 2-D touch displays to the third dimension. Lip Reading, 3D Desktops, And NUI: Microsoft Plans To Reinvent User Interaction. Deep in the skunk works of its Research and Labs divisions, secreted around the Seattle area, Microsoft is working on totally reinventing the way people interact with their computers.

Lip Reading, 3D Desktops, And NUI: Microsoft Plans To Reinvent User Interaction

Very little is out in the open or in more than a prototype form, but the work is unquestionably being done. Last week it transpired that Microsoft is working on building Kinect into the bezels of laptops, and after that, presumably, tablets and eventually mobile phones. 3D: The User Experience Story - Philip J. Corriveau. OptoFidelity "Man vs Robot" in playing Angry Birds. 5 Signs of a Great User Experience. If you've used the mobile social network Path recently, it's likely that you enjoyed the experience.

5 Signs of a Great User Experience

Path has a sophisticated design, yet it's easy to use. It sports an attractive red color scheme and the navigation is smooth as silk. It's a social app and finding friends is easy thanks to Path's suggestions and its connection to Facebook. Donald Norman. Donald Arthur "Don" Norman (born December 25, 1935) is the director of The Design Lab at University of California, San Diego.[1][2] He is best known for his books on design, especially The Design of Everyday Things. He is widely regarded for his expertise in the fields of design, usability engineering, and cognitive science.[3] He is also a co-founder and consultant with the Nielsen Norman Group.

Much of Norman's work involves the advocacy of user-centered design.[4] His books all have the underlying purpose of furthering the field of design, from doors to computers. User advocacy and human-centered design. David Kelley. David Kelley. Samsung plans to add more interaction methods to its future tablets. While Apple is in the lead when it comes to tablet sales, other companies have been trying to catch up by offering competitively priced Android tablets for sale.

One of these companies is Samsung, and while it has multiple tablets in different sizes and price ranges, it looks like it’s not stopping there. According to a recent interview Samsung’s product marketing manager had with Laptop Mag, the company will be pushing new ways to interact with the tablet to make their devices stand out. While the iPad and Kindle Fire (touted as the second best selling Android tablet) are great devices for content consumption, Samsung wants their tablets to be great for content creation as well. Analytical design and human factors. ET on analytical design and human factors Analytical Design The purpose of analytical displays of information is to assist thinking about evidence.

Consequently, in designing an analytical graphics, the first question should be: What are the evidence-thinking tasks that this display is supposed to serve? Analytical grapics should be constructed to serve the fundamental cognitive tasks in reasoning about evidence: describing the data, making comparisons, understanding causality, assessing credibility of data and analysis. Thus the logic of design replicates the logic of analysis; design reasoning emulates evidence reasoning. Converting principles of thinking into principles of design helps answer the most difficult question of all in the theory of analytical design: Where do principles of analytical design come from? Advising Recovery Board on Offering Clear Data. The future of user interface design: understanding context & behavior.