the future is being built at Berekley

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.

More on Design Outpost project: the chi paper and the overview, with videos, etc.

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.

Excited!

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  1. 2
    mike

    looks like it takes a very simple concept that works and complicates the heck out of it. and what about cost? it certainly brings the politics of class into play.
    sure, it’s a cool toy; but i don’t see it as an improvement over a simple white board and a bunch of post-its. i’d rather have smarter designers than a smarter white board.

    btw: the man in the video just mentioned that you could “hack the white board.” what kind of world are we building for our children?

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    Brad Lauster

    Call me an idealist but…the kind where my kids could build a virtual information space and explore its meaning with their friends in Japan or Brazil or Italy. Fun and potentially more healtly than French Fries, though probably not more fun than Spongebob Squarepants!

    Class is an issue, but will become moot because technology will continue, as it always has, to get cheaper and cheaper with time.

    Besides, this is still just a research project.

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