“Software is everything. It also sucks.” Fascinating article on remedying that idea, about the team that writes software for the Space Shuttle. It’s practically the polar opposite of web development. Some bits of that are probably good; some are perhaps n
“Beat connects you very directly to a single soldier by thumping their recorded heartbeat against your chest… If we are going to continue to fight wars, we need better methods of feedback like this one so the costs are more visceral and real for us.”
“Regular people on the web *love* Snap previews. I know you don’t believe it — I didn’t want to believe it… I know we all feel these people are idiots, but it’s our own geek cultural imperialism that makes us think we know better than non-techy folks.”
02 November 2007
So, the latest version of Nokia/Symbian Series 60 has been previewed. There’s even a swanky video for it:
I’m still thinking about a lot of it. It’s clearly aiming at a slightly different market to the one Apple’s gunning for. There’s an interesting separation between “stuff that needs a stylus” and “stuff you can do with fingers/thumbs”. In reality, I think people veer towards thumbs if possible. Does that mean they’ll ignore the UI elements that are so small they need a stylus? Not sure. I haven’t given that enough thought, as I said.
The best bit of the video, though, is nothing to do with touch. It’s the bit where the model silences the phone ringing on the coffee table simply by physically flipping the phone over.
As an interaction, that presumes a lot. It presumes you leave your phone out, and if you do, you leave it face up. Many people leave their phones out (so they can see them skitter across the table when a call/SMS comes in) but face down, so the screen doesn’t annoy them. (Blackberries, with their persistent flashing light, are a prime candidate for face-downing). At the same time, it embraces that behaviour: when the screen lights up, you hide the screen and the phone silences. I like that.
Of course, you could do that on any old phone with a cheap accelerometer inside it. I wish it wasn’t part of some “premium” touch interface, but part of a lowest-common-denominator combination of hardware and software. Oh well.