UI (User Interface).

Ben Logan
23 July 2013

Boeing has recently showcased a full scale model of their proposed first commercial spacecraft to NASA astronauts in Houston, US. Flight suits tests were carried out to evaluate the design of the capsule’s interior as well as its user interface. The interior of the test version contains a minimalistic UI, with crew members relying more on touch screen display and computer tablets rather than the more traditional dials and switches. Chris Ferguson, a former space shuttle commander, said that the company had brought in NASA astronauts at this stage to provide “customer feedback” during its early stage of development. A…

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Ben Logan
14 June 2013

Odin Mobile have just released the RAU Huawei Vision smartphone, a device that allows blind users to make phone calls, send text messages, browse the Internet, recognise colours and have access to audio books plus magazines. Speaking in an interview with the Times of Israel, the CEO of the group behind the phone, Boaz Zilberman said: “We have built a breakthrough user interface that defines a new language for human-device interaction that is built, ground-up, for eye-free operation.” Every feature on the phone can be accessed by voice and touch, with responsive feedback to guide the users as needed. As…

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Ben Logan
12 June 2013

Vine, the most recent in a long line of social media applications that allows its users to share each detail of their day to day existence in excruciating detail, was an instant hit when introduced to the Apple store in January. Despite only being available for Android devices for a week thus far, it has become the number one Social App download thanks to its streamlined usability. Vine allows users to post 6 second clips and share them with their followers in a fashion we are used to seeing with Tumblr for images and Twitter for brief bursts of text….

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Ben Logan
11 June 2013

Jakob Nielsen, who has a Ph.D. in human-computer interaction and was a former top level engineer with Sun Microsystems, has branded the revamped Apple iOS “a terrible usability mistake”. The usability guru with nearly 80 US patents to his name isn’t fond of the new “flatter” design and is not alone – other UI experts have also expressed their concerns for what could be “a step back in usability”. The new interface makes use of a Windows 8 style design (we all know how well that worked out…) with colours, textures and typography used to draw attention to its features…

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Ben Logan
7 June 2013

The rollout of Google’s new Gmail app to both Android and iPhone users was completed yesterday and follows the tabbed Inbox they introduced on regular PC Gmail a few days ago. Google has been focussing on bringing segregated Inboxes to Gmail – the new app is very different from the user interface of earlier apps, so it remains to be seen whether people will take to it like ducks to water. The biggest change that the updated Gmail app presents is the introduction of a menu that slides out with a swipe from left to right, opening a panel that…

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Ben Logan
4 June 2013

The WordPress app for iOS has today received a fresh update, featuring a completely redesigned user experience which by all accounts is set to impress customers. As a recap, the WordPress application allows users to manage a WordPress-powered website from any location using an iDevice. The app lets users conveniently tackle posts, moderate comments, and upload images or videos to their website. With the latest update, it is now easier than ever before to do all of these things on the popular blogging platform. Version 3.6 of the application is actually very similar to Facebook’s “side menu” (as are many…

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