Snapchat’s major redesign, which introduces a universal search bar to the top of the app, among other features, has today hit iOS. The refreshed user interface was first announced earlier this month, but was only available to Android users at the time with a promise that it would reach iPhone users “soon.” The app has long been criticized for being too hard to navigate… Read More
Meet Atomic, a prototyping service for your next mobile app or website. It works in your browser, but it’s a lot more powerful than you’d expect. Atomic handles animations and lets you make interactive designs. And you can collaborate on your designs with your team in real time. The startup launched the version 2 this week adding a bunch of new features that make your design… Read More
Apple has been looking at ways to extend the control power of stylus input methods, patenting a touch sensitive stylus which could allow for users to manipulate on screen objects depending on how and where they place their fingers on the stylus shaft itself. Read More
I know we’re supposed to be all done talking about Flappy Bird, but I think it’s justified to bring it up when it appears in a research paper about why games like Flappy Bird are so hard — and so frustrating. Turns out the controls are fundamentally bad. Read More
- SpeechKITT -- open source flexible GUI for interacting with Speech Recognition in your web app.
- The Humanities Majors Designing AI Interactions -- who else are you going to get to do it? As in fiction, the AI writers for virtual assistants dream up a life story for their bots. Writers for medical and productivity apps make character decisions such as whether bots should be workaholics, eager beavers or self-effacing. “You have to develop an entire backstory — even if you never use it,” Ewing said.
- SCHAFT's Bipedal Robot -- not an Austin Powers reference, but a clever working proof-of-concept. In theory, bipedalism allows robots to go wherever we can (versus, say, a Dalek).
- Markets for Good -- Information to drive social impact.
- Centaurs Not Butlers (Matt Jones) -- In competitive chess, teams of human and non-human intelligences are referred to as ‘Centaurs’ How might we create teams of human and non-human intelligences in the service of better designed systems, products, environments?
- Casino-Funded In-Game War -- this was just the opening round of what could be the largest military mobilization in that game's history. Digging deeper into the subject, we've been able to chart the rise of a new in-game faction, called the Moneybadger Coalition, a group of thousands of players being bankrolled by an online casino. (via BoingBoing)
- Data Protection Laws Around the World -- useful guide to the laws in different jurisdictions. If this is your migraine, I pity you.
- More Chinese Mobile UI Trends -- This year, Microsoft China released an AI chatbot called 小冰 (xiǎobīng) that has been popular. She’s accessible via the web, via a standalone app, Continue reading "Four short links: 1 April 2016"
- Computer of Wired-Together Rat Brains -- this is ALL THE AMAZING. a Brainet that allows three monkeys connected at the brain to control a virtual arm on screen across three axes. [...] Nicolelis said that, essentially, he created a "classic artificial neural network using brains." In that sense, it's not artificial at all. (via Slashdot)
- Reactions -- Slack turns emoji into first-class interactions. Genius!
- Pixar's Scientific Method -- If you turn your head without moving your eyes first, it looks like you’re dead. Now there's your uncanny valley.
- AWS CodePipeline -- latest in Amazon's build-out of cloud tools. Interchangeable commodity platforms regaining lockin via higher-order less-interchangeable tooling for deployment, config, monitoring, etc.
- The Untold Story of Microsoft's Surface Hub (FastCo) -- great press placement from Microsoft, but good to hear what Jeff Han has been working on. And interesting comment on the value of manufacturing in the US: "I don’t have to send my folks over to China, so they’re happier," Han says. "It’s faster. There’s no language, time, or culture barrier to deal with. To have my engineers go down the hallway to talk to the guys in the manufacturing line and tune the recipe? That’s just incredible."
- Five Years of Google Closure (Derek Slager) -- Despite the lack of popularity, a number of companies have successfully used Google Closure for their production applications. Medium, Yelp, CloudKick (acquired by Rackspace), Cue (acquired by Apple), and IMS Health (my company) all use (or have used) Google Closure to power their production applications. And, importantly, the majority of Google's flagship applications continue Continue reading "Four short links: 11 June 2015"