Nov 26, 2008

spatial operating environment

oblong industries is developing an operating environment that relies on gestural input and thus allows data presentation in more than the usual 2D + time. doesn't yet seem useful for text input, but already good for large dataset visualizations seadragon style (i like it that they have cruciferous vegetables on their website). seems to me that increasingly we'll want to have separate interaction environments for managing visualizations and for text input. current UI and input modes are heavily optimised for the latter, at the expense of the former. subvocalized input would be awesome and might be something to bridge that gap.

(it occurs to me too that visualization mode heavily influences interaction mode, a case of function calling forth function.)

oblong's chief scientist, unsurprisingly, advised for minority report. also unsurprisingly, there is a xoogler on staff: chris rishel, who used to be on the agency team

g-speak overview 1828121108 from john underkoffler on Vimeo.

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