Amadeus Consulting Discusses the Future of User Experience Design: Microsoft is Developing 3D UI Technology

Even when you work at a custom software development company, you can still be amazed and surprised when futuristic technology becomes a reality. Watching old episodes of Star Trek or even the Jetsons’ reveal technology that is not only currently being used, is probably a few years old. Some aspects of the future are behind us.

 

That is why we were so excited and floored when we read Seattle PI’s article about Microsoft’s 3D UI patent. Microsoft recently submitted and received a patent to develop a 3D interface that would give a completely different context to the ‘Virtual Office’ concept.

 

In essence, this 3D UI would emulate the environment of a real office, allowing users to interact with objects much like in real life. Some might argue about the necessity for an environment like this, given that we already have real offices but it sounds like this is just a prototype technology platform. There are so many possibilities for this platform, especially when combined with the Microsoft Kinect technology.

 

The thing that is less clear from the patent document is how a person actually interfaces with this world. We can imagine something that already exists (with cheesy glasses or head-gear) but I am sure that the some wizards in the hardware world will find an innovative way to interface with the 3D world.

 

It seems to us that this might be an excellent platform for security. How many spy movies have you seen where the thieves play to the folly of humans? Computers are more logical, capable of better black and white rules (until they start programming them with feelings, eep!). If someone needs to gain access to a secure ‘E-File” this might be a better environment because it lacks a physical form.

If someone tries to steal it without proper access, the virtual security guard will kick the user out faster than you can say “the attractive lady trick.”

 

Over the next few years, we are excited to see how this changes the face of custom software development and user interface design. Seattle PI makes a great point that the technology Microsoft is trying to develop is much like a first person shooter game. In general, game developers and software developers run in separate circles because each requires different subsets of knowledge and development frameworks and tools. However, this seems like this 3D technology would bind them together in a real way.

 

It is strange to think about software development companies, who primarily work B2B, having to import graphic-engine developers and tools into the business solution software process.  This is often a subject of discussion at our office. We find it fascinating when creative people and the technical teams merge because it often results in truly innovative methods, tools, processes or products.

Until the 3D technology is finalized and open for custom software development, Amadeus Consulting will continue to make the highest-quality solution oriented software in 2D.  We’ll also watch Tron a few times to make sure we are ready.

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BlackBerry 10 delayed, RIM future in doubt after bleak earnings report


SUBSCRIBE to Next Media Animation: www.youtube.com BlackBerry fans: It just got worse. BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) announced that the BlackBerry 10 smartphone and BlackBerry 10 operating system’s launches will be delayed, 30 percent of RIM employees will be laid off and that RIM posted a loss of $518 million in the latest quarter. Facebook: www.facebook.com Webpage: www.nma.tv Twitter @nmatv: twitter.com Tumblr: nmatv.tumblr.com The Waterloo, Ontario company announced the bad news in its fiscal first quarter report on Thursday, prompting shares to tumble 15 percent to $7.75 in late trading. BlackBerry 10 was widely seen as the company’s last hope to catch up with rivals Apple and Android. Smartphones running Google’s Android platform accounted for 59 percent of the global market in the first quarter of 2012, with Apple’s iPhones taking 23 percent. BlackBerry’s share of the global market was 6.4 percent, compared with 13.6% a year ago. BlackBerry 10’s launch has been postponed until the first three months of 2013, a delay of seven to nine months. Within that time, Apple will launch a new iPhone, Android developers will launch new phones running Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean and more Windows Phone 8 phones will be released. By the time BlackBerry 10 comes out it may be too late. In an earnings call with analysts, CEO Thorsten Heins said building the BlackBerry 10 “has proven to be more challenging and time consuming than anticipated,” and that a as result

The future of business communications – a day in the life. (Vodafone Global Enterprise Innovation)


Times are changing — evolving technology, employee demands and consumer behaviour are transforming the ways large enterprise are approaching mobility. It’s an exciting time to embrace mobility and prepare for change. Here’s a glimpse of a day in the life of the future workplace and home. To find out more on applying relevant mobility innovation for future business growth, please visit us here: enterprise.vodafone.com

Google’s Matias Duarte talks Honeycomb, tablets, design, and the future of Android.


www.engadget.com We’re not going to lie — we’re pretty excited to bring this to you guys. Here at CES 2011 we had a chance to sit down with Matias Duarte, the man behind webOS (as well as the Sidekick and Helio UIs), who’s now heading up Google’s user experience for Android. Matias is currently driving the interface and design for Android 3.0 (AKA Honeycomb), and it’s clear that he’s bringing his big, bold ideas to the Android platform. This is the first video interview Matias has done since leaving Palm, and we pressed the man on his involvement in Gingerbread and Honeycomb, what had to be torn down in Android, how desktop OSs can inform mobile devices, and much, much more

TEDxYYC – Steve Fisher – Open Sourced Future


Steve Fisher discusses “Open Sourced Future” at TEDxYYC 2011. Steve is an internationally renowned interactive designer, speaker and open source evangelist. He has worked for companies in Edmonton, Vancouver and Chicago and travels North America talking about design, user experience and open source. Currently Steve is working as the UX Director for Yellow Pencil, serves as the national web design chair for the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada and can be found hanging out with some of the core teams contributing to open source projects like Drupal. Steve likes running, fancy shirts and twitter (maybe a little too much). Find him at www.hellofisher.com or on Twitter: @hellofisher About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

The Future of The Web Part1 of 4 Mozilla Labs Aurora Concept Browesr Video by Adaptive Path ( Internet Browser )


NOTE: MUST WATCH This Clip in HD, Play It on Its Source Page on Vimeo. Source: adaptivepath.com (YouTube’s Small Screen is not Good for Full Enjoyment of This Video ) Mozilla Lab’s AURORA – THE FUTURE CONCEPT BROWSER. What will browsing the web be like a decade from now? Aurora is a concept video presenting one possible future user experience for the Web, created by Leading design and UI company Adaptive Path as part of the Mozilla Labs concept browser series. Aurora explores new ways people could interact with the Web in the future based on projected technological trends and real-world scenarios.Jesse James Garrett (the guy who coined the term AJAX) designed and narrated part one of a video series demonstrating what the future of the web might look like. There’s some gorgeous, imaginative, and high-tech stuff going on here The release of Aurora is part of the launch of Mozilla Labs’ browser concept series, an ongoing initiative to encourage designers and developers to contribute their own visions of the future of the browser and the Web. Over the next couple of weeks, Adaptive Path will be releasing more video segments, as well as background material showing just what went into imagining the future of the Web and translating that into a video. Credits for Part 1 Written and Directed by Jesse James Garrett Producer: Julia Houck-Whitaker Assistant Director: Teresa Brazen Photography: Jean-Philippe Dobrin Animation and Video Production by Whiskytree Browser User Experience

HFI Animate – UX Enterprise: the Future of UX Work with Dr. Eric Schaffer


UX Enterprise: The Relational Database of UX Objects Download a free brochure here: www.humanfactors.com Based on 30 years of experience in User Experience (UX) design, and 18 person-years of development effort, HFI introduces UX Enterprise™ (UXE), the world’s most powerful UX asset management and design system. UX Enterprise is a software product that allows you to design based on your organization’s UX Cloud. This is the full interlinked model of your customer ecosystems, design projects, design specifications, standards, and methods.

Future Directions (User Experience and Experience Design) – Video 4


Marc Hassenzahl explains the fascinating concept of User Experience and Experience Design. Read Marc’s chapter with commentaries by Don Norman, Eric Reiss, Mark Blythe, and Whitney Hess. Source: www.interaction-design.org

HFI Video – The Future of User Experience Design (UX) with Dr. Eric Schaffer


Dr. Eric Schaffer, CEO of Human Factors International talks about the future of User Experience Design (UX) in a changing world. www.twitter.com Transcript: I think we all know that the world is going through a transition — that there are critical ecological factors and critical geopolitical factors which are going to change the way that we live. Every organization needs to be modeling the future, modeling how people will live, how the ecosystem of their customers will change based on these factors. And what we’re going to find is that pretty much every product and every service will have to change to adapt to the new world that we’re going to live in. And I think that the user experience design field is going to be very busy doing exactly that because our job is to understand a customer’s ecosystem and design products and services that fit with that. And as we can see and model the future we’re going to be able to design new products that will help the world adapt to a more sustainable, more ecologically appropriate lifestyle, which at the same time will make people happy, perhaps even happier than they are today. So this is really the charge of our field going forward. And it’s the fiduciary responsibility of every executive to have a trusted model of the future and to be able to build the new products and services based on that trusted model. The world is changing and those that can see the future and can adapt quickly and have first-mover advantage for that new world