Friday, January 22, 2010
Ubice = Multi-touch On Ice at the Nokia Research Center in Finland (Video + Pic via Albrecht Schmidt)
Watch how the multi-touch surface is built from ice blocks:
The following pictures are from Albrecht Schmidt's User Interface Engineering blog:
What a great idea for a "Winterfest"! They should take it to the next level: Multi-touch ice sculpture.
(Cross-posted on the Interactive Multimedia Technology blog.)
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Even if I knew how the Gain detergent dispensing system worked, it would not be a good idea to lay the Gain container on its side on the shelf at that high of an altitude and try to dispense it!
I thought I'd see what Proctor & Gamble/Gain have to say about their detergent containers. On the main page of the Gain laundry website, there are no pictures of a detergent container with the type of dispensing system I mentioned in my blogposts.
I was happy to find a link to a treasure trove of videos of Gain consumers reviewing various detergents. Most people did their reviews in their laundry rooms, which gave me information about how other people set up their laundry spaces. Where do they keep their detergent? If they use the larger container, do they have a place where they can keep the container on its side and still have easy access to the detergent as needed?
I didn't have time to watch all of the videos, but what I did see told quite a bit.
The rest of the videos feature the more "traditional" Gain container. As you watch the videos, take a look at how each laundry room that is shown is arranged. The larger Gain container would be difficult to fit in the space, especially if it was left on its side for "easy" dispensing.
The following video is a bit humorous. The woman reviews Gain's "Hawaiian Aloha Scent", and is dressed for the occasion. As you can see, this woman also would have difficulty figuring our the best place to put a larger Gain detergent container her laundry room:
Gain Fan Club
Saturday, January 16, 2010
(Updated with Solution - TIDE) The designers of this Gain detergent container obviously didn't read Don Norman's "The Design of Everyday Things" !
To put the container on the side, I have to put most of it on my dryer. I often have laundry on the top of my dryer that is in the process of being folded, so to out the Gain container on its side, I have to move the clean laundry.
Although I prefer Gain over Tide, I went back to Tide. One look at the container and you intuitively know what to do.
Don Norman's Website
Here is my response to the first comment:
The container pouring system needs to be simple.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
This tourist beach is deceiving. Unlike many of the other islands in the Caribbean, Haiti has not had the opportunity to build up a tourism industry. This little slice doesn't give tourists any means to know of economic distress that most Haitians face.
Haiti is a beautiful island that has much potential, despite the history of poverty and struggle.
My prayers are with the Haitians and all of those who are working hard to assist them in this time of sorrow and desperation.