Thursday, November 09, 2006

Synaptics' Onyx Phone

If you dig new interface ideas (and I do) you may find the features of this prototype intriguing. Found the article on Communication Arts and there is more at Onyx's own site. "The focus of the Onyx project was to illustrate how Synaptics' revolutionary clear capacitive touch screen can push design and interaction boundaries through collaborative design. ... The Onyx concept acts as a remote for your life." Its a multi-tasking machine. The cool factor is in the interactions with the touchpad/display screen and also the device's ability to recognize things like being placed on a table v. being held against your face. Oh, it has gps and an mp3 player too! But noone is building it yet:-(

Monday, November 06, 2006

SpringWidgets, for your site and desktop

SpringWidgets is a Fox company trying to place widgets on web sites as well as your desktop. Below is an example of the code snippet they offer for an existing widget. Lots of platforms for widgets these days. The sharing ability is clearly the big idea with this one. They're making it very easy to create a useful widget for your specific content and have it distributed in multiple ways. You can read more about it at TechCrunch.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006


With a name like that I had to enter it here! I've been using for a little bit of time, not long, and like it. It's a social site designed around music. It has a pretty large community of listeners and it works pretty well. They keep track of what you listen to and make recommendations accordingly. One big problem: the interaction with my player (iTunes) is not so smooth. It behaves like a web site would or you use its own application... there is an iScrobbler working behind the scenes... its just too many parts sometimes. This site, which was apparently updated last night, offers a sidebar for the iTunes. You can view similar bands and play the tracks right in the jukebox as oppose to being in a browser. Your friends will show up there too. But the site is too new to really see the community aspects. Not sure if this will replace for me. I'm still new to that one and I haven't experienced the size of the selection on iLike. But I like the interaction.

Friday, October 20, 2006


Cool little toy to help with external links. Deep linking to another site like a specific flickr album or a news article is alot more comfortable when you have a preview thumbnail of the resulting screen. A quick rolling over the link lets you get an instant idea of what's in store: is it a picture show? is it a lot of words that I don't feel like reading right now? Is it a site that has been imprinted on the back of my head, that I trust so much, I can't help but click on the link right away and see more? Used in select instances, this can be pretty helpful.

Friday, October 13, 2006


Another one of Jonathan Harris site to feed your voyeuristic craving. They share some of their stats, which is interesting.

Monday, October 09, 2006


Playing with a new photo slide show service this morning. Its made for granmas (only in Hawaii at the moment) who want to see stuff on their TV set. Okay, maybe there are other uses for this too?! Lets see how it looks on web page:
... so that took only 3 minutes. Including upload of files and changing some settings, picking a different music score... pretty impressed. Limited on transition and music options, but I'm sure that's in the works.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Weave Toshi

ooouuuuuuuuuhhhhhhh, cool hats! Designed by qubibi.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


Jeff Han at Ted conference. How do i get my hands on one of these?!! More on the dude behind the toy.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Another Way to Search

This should be filed under 'new to me'. So you figure google and other search engines have got it down, and for the most part they do, but then comes along this. Snap gives you visual displays for each search result. The nice thing about this is how much it can speed up the process for certain kind of searches. You can quickly look for familiar visual cues that help identify the result as being your answer. I think this is a nice addition when you have some visual references or mental pictures of what it is you're looking for. Not to mention the instant preview of the site (side-by-side with the search results) makes for faster reading of the content while you can still jump to the next site; never hitting the back button or opening new window tabs. All the common sites are indexed already so it loads pretty fast which makes for great interactivity while you're going up-n-down the results list. It also has the anticipating popular search terms feature that is becoming more common with search tools.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Google Pages

So I was looking around in the google labs pages -- something to do every now a and again -- and came across their wysiwyg tool. In about 6 minutes I made a couple of pages with some junk text to see how the thing works. This ain't no myspace killer, but once again google is proving they know how to simplify things to bare necessities and noting more. It's probably the cleanest and simplest web based editor I've seen. Not sure where they're going with this; but if you need to make a few pages, don't have a domain or web space and know nothing about code then here is another simple solution for ya.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

The Vodafone Journey

Looks like another great update to what was already a beautiful presentation. The intro narrative is specially impressive; great production value, full of interesting transitions and just well designed. This version seems to be much more on the narrative side and less on the future technologies. But it is much more extensive then the previous version. There are so many stories with so many different voices. The uniqueness of each section according to what is being communicated, is just one of many details that is so impressive. So good, it makes you wana hate the designers!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Yahoo! sms alerts

So here is a test: I've setup an alert on Yahoo! to text me via my mobile phone whenever i update this very page. Kinda pintless, but its just a test to see how you can setup custom alters from any rss that you may feel you can't live without. This is not one of those feeds off course, so I'll be switching the alert to something more important; just as soon as i figure if there is anything that important to me!

Monday, June 05, 2006

I feel just fine about this site. Better then fine, in fact! Will the site display my entry here, due to my repeated usage of the word 'feel'? Apparently it will. But they're also scanning for other words. So expressing my total amazement of how fantastically curious this project is, may also show up in the applet. To some up: I feel the vouyerism nature of this experiment to be quit stunning.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Pay by Phone

So how lazy are you not to have cash or credit card on you to pay for things, such that you need to have friends cover you?! If you are that lazy, now you can paypal them right there and then instead of an IOU. But the real nice usage for this is to have access to your money from any setting. Anyone with a phone number and a paypal account can except cash from you. What a great way to support the consumer economy!!! Still looking at how secure on this is, but from a convenience stand point... this beats going to the atm!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Finally, A wireless iPod!

Been waiting for something like this, since the first iPod. This is a great use case, but what's really promising is the ability to grab info and do something with it using the iPod interface. Think geo targeted info that prompts an event in the iPod as you use it. Or notifications in general being transferred to you. Even streams being send from any device, not just the one with your specific iTunes; why wait for a sync with your specific maching?! Having sensors opens the door to so many possibilities. I wonder what the first hack will be!

Monday, May 01, 2006

Yahoo! Tech

I used to hate Yahoo! I mean I really hated them. Hated their design, hated their content, hated all the junk on their sites and their lists. So it takes alot out of me to give them compliments on their great work of recent. This new channel is not only well designed and put-together, its a great newish idea that doesn't totally duplicate what's already out there. That's like, almost innovative! Its a basic rate and review site. But its much more simplified then the geeky tech review mega sites like c|net. Its super easy to use and it nicely incorporates your personal info from your Yahoo account. I especially like the subtle design elements, like the extra attention paid to customer rating graphics. Or the persistent compare feature where I can essentially 'dock' a few items and compare my own selection. The whole process of product selection and capturing my choices or preferences is very quick and easy to understand. While I probably won't be using the advisors they've created myself, the 4 personas they address are a great way to target the audience groups. This site along with all the other channels Yahoo is creating or updating recently, is making me want to use my Yahoo! accont more.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Your Social Recommender

So many social sites out there these days! This one is like epinions, but it looks cooler to me. Not a whole lot of data on it yet, but they have nice import features to grab your public nfo from other sites. The survey style and thumb-up/thumb-down rating could become addictive. On PersonalDNA web site, by the same folks, they take a well presented personality trait test. I'm sure that database will be tied into this one somehow. They also are including code snippets for personal sites, blogs, etc. Like the 3 riffs you see on the right column of this page, which are the last 3 things I raved or ranted about on their site. They seem to have a good feel for what social networks are into. The big question: What are they gona do with all the information they're learning about me and am I gona like the fact that they have it? That may make me want to use this more often, or wish I had not given them my primary email address. Lets hope for the best.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Google Earth

I use to love google earth. I love it even more, now that it's sitting on my Mac:-)

Monday, February 06, 2006

Lots of reasons to toss out my TV...

Vongo - a PC only service at this time - is a nice selection of movies on demon. Its streamed, so a little less control. But a good collection and a great tool. The interface is fantabulous, and I'm not the one to brag about PC software! Very intuitive, easy to use and engaging. You get details on movies, informative rollovers, , bonus materials, quick transitions, even the option to watch the live broadcast from STARZ, which is where all the inventory comes from. Everybody and their mother announced some kind of video strategy recently. Google has videos too. Although using a search tool to find random footage is not exactly a passive entertainment experience. But now, we can safely delete all those viral video emails and find them again - only the good ones - when they reach critical mass with the pop culture. All is well with the world!

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Windows Live Local

Microsoft is a little late to the map party, but a nice entry! Their map is pretty simple to use. Kinda limited in some ways. For example, you can't drag the map to move around; you need to use a directional arrows. the aerial views are not as good as Google. Plus, they don't have the nice push pins Google uses to mark the locations on the map. Instead they use hovering boxes of details like Yahoo. But it very simple to use in general. It also provides a 'bird's eye' view for some major cities. This is very helpful and surprisingly high quality. High quality are 2 words I thought I never say about Microsoft! Very impressive.