Go to CS547 Human-Computer Interaction Seminar and watch the first archived talk, Scott Klemmer’s. Do not be fooled by the title, he demonstrated a new wall-sized GUI, a smart whiteboard. It blew me out of the water. The attention to understanding the nature of design that allowed this new tool to come into existence… well, that’s the way it’s supposed to be.
BTW, Terry’s Winograd’s seminars are open to the public. If you are ever in the area, it’s well worth making an effort to attend.
Anyhow, it’s not only a cool product, but a good talk as well for thinking about the nature fo the design process and how tools support modes of thinking. Oh, and it’s in english, not academic jargon. At least I could follow it.