Category: creativity

During your next visit to a Museum you might find Cinematic Landscapes from Video Games

I was impressed by this curated website where full high resolution still images taken from video games are displayed. They picture immersive worlds created by developers but really look like art pieces [WEBSITE]


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Have you ever tried to design while blindfolded or use your apps with the sound off? You might gain crucial insights

Vinton G. Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google Inc. and the president of ACM, calls especially UI (User Interface) and UX (User Experience) designers to strive fro accessibility. In fact, we are an aging society that needs assistive response not to mention new groups of people needing accessible apps, i.e. wounded soldiers coming back home. Given the range and potential of new technologies, e.g. Google glass, designers need to carefully address this challenge [ARTICLE]



Prototyping Device Ecologies: Physical to Digital and Viceversa

Our Studio proposal has been accepted at TEI 2014 – 8th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction.

This Studio will involve participants creating interactions with physical and digital elements. They will have the opportunity to use a toolkit we developed that combines physical and digital widgets into a unique environment to allow the rapid setup of device ecologies. Therefore, participants will be able to explore how the toolkit support to physical/digital interaction gives people with low, when no, technical skills the possibility to rapidly prototype interactions among heterogeneous devices, thus blurring the boundaries between the physical and the digital world.

See here a couple of example of what participants will be able to do:

Meet a Little Robot that can teach you the basics of hardware programming

Tired of hardware programming lessons and tutorials or dealing with Arduino boards? Well on Kickstarter there’s a new project on a tiny interactive robot, The Little Robot Friend, who can help you learning and teaching the basics of hardware programming and seems actually fun [ARTICLE]



Interested in Futurism and Science Fiction? You might want to take a look at the Intel’s Tomorrow Project

With Mark Weiser‘s vision already becoming true, there’s currently another vision which might be the next step toward computing paradigms: The Tomorrow Project by Intel.

Take a look at this interview with Brian David Johnson, futurist at Intel:

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Via ASU Magazine

It’s time to design the next Calendar App: Design lessons on building Mynd

Mynd is a competeley new kind of Calendar App developed by Alminder, a seed-funded team who had previously worked together at Motorola.  In this article, they shared a few of the design lessons that were learned while creating a Windows Phone-style interface for Apple’s iPhone [ARTICLE].

I must admit that with some of my co-authors we developed a prototype few years ago which somehow resembled the app (see photo below): Teresa Onorati, Alessio Malizia, Kai A. Olsen, Paloma Diaz, and Ignacio Aedo. 2012. I feel lucky: an automated personal assistant for smartphones. In Proceedings of the International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI ’12), Genny Tortora, Stefano Levialdi, and Maurizio Tucci (Eds.). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 328-331 [ARTICLE].


Via Alessio Malizia