Emotionally, smartphones are seen as tools whereas smartwatches are primarily considered decorative. And when it comes to user interaction, smartphones are inert when not in use, but watches are always on…
Consider a smartwatch as you might a digital mood ring—a tool for selectively sharing information (images, content) rather than just handing someone your smartphone. If the watch becomes a portal of information for others, not just the user, it would allow a smartwatch user to more readily share information without going into the often awkward postures associated with using smartphones…
Utilizing a wrist worn touch screen requires rotating one arm inward and reaching across the body with the other arm—not a difficult gesture, but one that’s uncomfortable to do repetitively. Designers need to keep this in mind and limit interactions accordingly…
Very large and very small displays share a common interaction model: both are based primarily on information consumption rather than information generation and therefore rely on limited data entry…
Wearable devices are in direct contact with the skin, tactile feedback can be even more salient and communicative than visual. As a result tactile feedback is just as important, and in some cases, more important than visual display… — 5 Surprising Principles For Designing Smartwatches from Rob Tannen
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Family tree of bourbon/whiskey.
Since Apple is just people, they’re usually trying to figure out the best answer to the same decisions and trade-offs we argue about on the outside: what’s best for the user, what’s best for battery life, what apps should be allowed to do, how multitasking should work, how far sandboxing should go, and so on. Almost any decision that causes controversy on the outside has almost certainly caused just as much on the inside, it’s probably still being argued, and the decision probably isn’t set in stone. — Effecting Change From The Outside – Marco.org
The Dropbox Platform -
Create datastores in your dropbox account. Interesting.
This is the result of our recalibrated sense of scarcity. A new form of limitless capitalism with prices inching, virtually, toward nothing. Anything could exist, and may exist regardless of whether someone wants it. That means availability of pirate Cocteau films with ads for the replicating company and trucker hats with “World’s Greatest Dad” printed above a random old man’s face. That’s why there are junk ship puzzles on Alibaba. Pieces of endless possibilities floating in the ether. —
Rhizome | The Junk Ships on Alibaba
I am going to visit Mexico city in a few weeks. One of my favorite research tools for travel is Google Reader (it will be missed). The ability to curate a set of sources, search years of posts for phrases as simple as “Mexico City” and discover things like the above quote still amazes me.
In the article the author talks about finding a bootleg dvd tent in an open market called Cine de Arte. And now I am going to see if I can find it. These kinds of search based discoveries are not being powered by things like Flipboard and Twitter and they won’t disappear with Google Reader. The question is who will facilitate them next? I have yet to meet someone else who searches their Google Reader archive like a knowledge base instead of marking posts read like an inbox. It’s probably a product of some mild OCD. RSS feeds may have “lost” to social feeds in the eyes of the press, but the ability to curate a set of sources, index their output and then harness their contents to discover is just beginning of something far more useful than feed based experiences.
The loss of the ability to search my google reader archives is far bigger than the loss of the feed reader itself.
We stopped by the BOLS USA office to see some friends and discovered these ancient Dutch artifacts, a few of which are centuries old!
I’m posting on the small screen blog these days. Mostly photos of spirit, cocktail and beer related stuff.
3D Printed Record - 600dpi into 11kHz with Processing and ModelBuilder