This is as much an HCI concept as it is about the GUI.
I think a multitouch pad would be great.
5 fingers, i.e. one hand, would be plenty though, and having one hand remaining on the keyboard allows for faster resumption of typing long text.
My HTPC keyboard already has a simple multi-touch action, two finger to scroll, and I’m sure moving up to five fingers would be perfectly achievable by most users. In fact, in the video above there were only s few times when you’d have to use more than two or three fingers.
I think this is all fantastically interesting, and discussing the subject with people who won’t just shoot down the unknown/unfamiliar will lead to some great things.
I wish I could be more involved with this area of research and development.
Since I don’t live in India, I’m not allowed to enter the competition to design an official symbol for the Indian Rupee announced last month.
I have however come up with a very simple design:
(horribly created in Paint.NET)
I’m posting this now so I can see how it compares with whatever is chosen when the competition closes at the middle of next month.
This design is easily written by hand, cannot have some mistaken extra meaning when viewed upside-down, and is narrow enough that it could fit in the space for a zero.
It is also obviously inspired by the letter R.
I’d also be happy to hear your opinions, positive or otherwise.
Does it remind you of anything else, does it have meaning in some Arabic script?
I was recently contacted by Matt of 3mobilebuzz.com and offered the chance to trial a pair of 3 (the network) Skype
(the VoIP company) mobile phones (3skypephone.com) for a month. (No obligation to do anything, other than the mention of returning them after a month.)
I thought it was an interesting marketing ploy – it seems very generous, but is probably not actually particularly expensive to such large companies.
I also thought it seemed a little risky – how many people will return the phones? How many people will actually generate any hype, and will it be positive?
The first link above will show that the scheme has been going for some time already and world-wide – highlighting one of the benefits of calls made using VoIP (i.e. via the internet).
You can also see that they’re being fair with the selection of linked blog articles – some have negative points about the phone.
I’m not going to review the phone itself since many others have done that already, unless enough people leave comments here.