Sunday, February 27, 2011

LINKS AND UPDATES: Interactive Interfaces, Emerging Technology, Interactive Multimedia

    Why GUI to NUI? Why WIMP to post-WIMP? Do we have the seeds of a manifesto?!

    This is a remix of one of my recent long-titled blog posts, "Why bother switching from GUI to NUI?", asked and answered by Josh Blake; my "2 cents"; Stevie B's Microsoft Research video, Marco Silva's NUI-HCI presentation, and links".   

    I think we have the beginnings  of a GUI to NUI/ postWIMP manifesto here.

    In Chapter 1 of Natural User Interfaces in .NET,  Josh Blake asks and answers a question posed by many people who have been under the spell of keyboard input and GUI/ WIMP interaction: 

    Why bother switching from GUI to NUI?  The answer?  Read Chapter 1 (pdf) of the book - the chapter is free.

    Here are a few of my personal reasons:  
    1.  I want to buy the next version of the iPad or something like it.
    2.  I want to buy a new large-screen Internet HD TV.
    3.  I want to buy a Kinect.
    4.  I do NOT want to interact with my new TV with a Sony remote.  Too many tiny buttons!

    5. I do NOT want to interact with my new TV with a keyboard,  because it reminds me

    6.  Most importantly: 

    I want to design apps for the people I care about, and others with similar needs:
        My mom.  
        My grandson.
    Moms and dads with kids in tow.
    People with special needs and/or health concerns, and the people who care and guide them.
    Knowledge sharers and (life-long) learners....


    "Smart" Interactive Display Research

    View more presentations from Marco Silva

    My YouTube Playlist:
    "Natural user interfaces, gesture interaction, multi-touch, natural interaction, post WIMP examples and more... "

    RELATED - and somewhat related   
    Encyclopedia:  Human Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, User Experience, Information Architecture, Usability and More (

    Josh Blake's Blog: Deconstructing the NUI    Book: Chapter 1 (pdf)  Free!
    "Blake.NUI is a collection of helpful controls, utilities, and samples useful for multi-touch and NUI development with WPF, Surface, and Silverlight."
     (This is not an inclusive list.)

    GUI to NUI Post-WIMP Manifesto:  TBA

    Sunday, February 20, 2011

    BLUR Conference: Human Computer Interaction is Changing the World (Omni Orlando Resort, Feb 22-23)

    Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 8:00 AM - Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 5:00 PM (ET) Omni Orlando Resort, 1500 Masters Blvd. 
     ChampionsGate, Florida 33896 Phone: (407) 390-6664
    Blur Conference

    (from the conference website)

    "It’s easy to forget that the computer mouse is over 45 years old."

    "What’s not as easy to forget is that we’re now collectively getting used to interacting with computers via means and interfaces that have moved way beyond the keyboard and the mouse — the iPhone and Wii being the most prominent examples."

    "The truth is that we stand on the verge of a major revolution in the models of Human Computer Interaction (HCI). A revolution that will fly right past academic and into a world of retail, medical, gaming, military, public event, sporting, personal and marketing applications."

    "From multi-touch to motion capture to spatial operating environments, over the next 10 years, everything we know about HCI will change."

    "Blur is the only conference that is exploring the line of interaction between computers and humans in a substantive, real-world and hands-on way."

    "At Blur, vendors, strategists, buyers and visionaries assemble to not only discuss the larger issues of HCI, but also to lay their hands on the latest in HCI technology. Blur is the only forum for a focused, hands-on exploration of the varied technologies evolving in the HCI."

    "Come play, investigate, learn and apply at Blur — where we’re changing how you interact with computers forever." -Blur

    BLUR Conference Agenda
    (Note:   I added the links to conference participants and/or their organizations. Feel free to leave a comment if you know of any corrections or better links!)

    Neuroergonomics: How an Understanding of the Brain is Changing the Practice of Human Factors Engineering - Dr. Kay Stanney, Design Interactive
    When Computers Feel: Understanding Human Emotional Measurement  - Hans Lee, EmSense
    A Quick Hit on Mobility and HCI - Juan Pons, Swype
    Panel Discussion: Haptics- The Beginnings and Future of Touch  - Nimish Mehta
    Why HCI will lead the biggest tech revolution yet - Andrew Tschesnok, Organic Motion
    Location as a Primary Interface Input - Matt Galligan, SimpleGeo; Nick Brachet, Skyhook Wireless
    Robotics, Gaming and The Future of Entertainment- Paul Berberian, Orbotix
    Virtual Coaches in Healthcare: A Vision of the Future - Dan Siewiorek, Carnegie Mellon University
    10 reasons to be happy about giving computers emotion sensing - Dr. Rosalind Picard, MIT
    Commercializing HCI Technology - Dr. Paul Kedrosky, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Dr. Gerry Barnett

    Breakout Sessions:
    Human Instrumentation - James Park, FitBit; Ben Rubin, Zeo; Jason Jacobs, RunKeeper;
    Steve Larsen, moderator

    New Museum Experiences: Learning from Multitouch and Multiuser Installations - Jim Spadacinni, Ideum
    Kinect Hacks - Jonathan C. Hall; Lonergan Harrington; Jim Spadacinni, Sean Kean, moderator
    Interactive Ads and Consumer Experiences - Alessio Signorini, Immersive Labs; Jon Fox, Helios Interactive
    Augmented Reality - Ready for Primetime? - Vikas Reddy, Occipital; Carlin Getliffe, OmniarEdwin Rivera, Credelis; Dan Rua, moderator
    Building an Interface for Endangered Language Learners - Finn Thye and Kelson Adams, Univ of Colorado - Boulder
    Alternative Interface Inputs - Gary Clayton, Nuance; Nick Langdale-Smith, Seeing Machines; RJ Auburn, Voxeo; Steve Larsen, moderator
    Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation "Idea Hack" - Commercializing HCI Technology: A Discussion - led by Paul Kedrosky
    Building Natural User Interfaces - Thomas Peterson, SoftKinetic; Ohad Shvueli, Prime Sense; David Minnen, Oblong
    3D Interactive Design for the Human Body - Albert Hwang
    Panel: Will the Kinect Change the HCI Industry Forever? A Group Discussion
    HCI in the 21st Century:  Technologies for Extending and Amplifying the Human Experience (pdf) - Dr. Charlie Hughes, UCF; Dr. David Pratt; Dr. Joseph LaViola;  moderated by Steve Fiore, UCF

    Some Videos of HCI/Tech featured at Blur 2011 
    360 Panorama occipitalhq

    "Illuminous" Eric Gradman

    "Standard Gravity" Eric Gradman, OpenKinect (libfreenect/python)

    Organic Motion Markerless Motion Capture

    Steve Fiore, University of Central Florida
    Bob Allen, Disney R&D
    Kay Stanney, Design Interactive
    Capt. Dylan Schmorrow, USN

    Cross-posted on the Interactive Multimedia Technology blog.