[FoRK] 10/GUI and con10uum

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Thu Oct 15 18:47:35 PDT 2009

I really want a nice multi-touch pad...

I'm working on related ideas, although mostly at a different level of 
abstraction and purpose.  I'd rather make a better application than a 
better desktop.  Or at least that first.


Jeff Bone wrote:
> I've long said that, until we have substantially more software 
> intelligence, context awareness, intelligent information presentation, 
> and real multi-sense input --- the keyboard isn't going away, and the 
> single-point positional input device isn't going to simply be replaced 
> by desktop or laptop multi-touch for purely ergonomic and functional 
> reasons.  I.e., "physical form factor and ergonomics as primary user 
> interface design constraints."  Or, more briefly, "the form factor is 
> the application."
> Here's both an *excellent* explanation of some of this and a 
> conceptual prototype for a better, future alternative to the status 
> quo...
>   http://10gui.com
> (They've got, among other things, a kind of linear / 2D-constrained 
> tiling window manager;  I think there's probably still too much manual 
> positional and sizing flexibility and too little intelligence.  Still, 
> a great start and --- despite being a lot less "sexy" than some of the 
> multi-touch GUIs, stacks, Minority Report-like timelines, and other 
> demos / ideas that have been floating around --- much more practical 
> and thought-provoking, IMHO.)
> Now if only we can spend as much time rethinking the fundamental 
> meaning of and services provided by "operating systems" (to users) as 
> we have about how to reorganize and redefine the UI, we'd be in much 
> better shape.
> jb
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