August 17, 2009
Cool interface demos o’ the day
- SLAP Widgets are “real live plastic and silicone objects that are used in conjunction with a multi-touch table to allow users to control interface values through physical push buttons, sliders, knobs, keypads and keyboards.” Here’s a very cool (albeit slow-loading) video of the system in action*. (Can Slap Chop integration be far behind?)
- Fontplore is “an interactive application designed for searching and exploring font databases… It does all that on an interactive table, using tangible objects to navigate and control actions.” The site includes a brief video demo.
I keep wanting to see great font exploration & management built into Adobe apps. TypeDNA offers a cool Photoshop-plug-in, using optical character recognition to determine a given font’s name, suggesting font harmonies, and more. I’d like to see these concepts taken even farther, offering browsing, comparison, activation, and purchase in all Suite apps via Flash panels.
* Who knew that Frustrated Total Internal Reflection is a multitouch technology & not just the story of my teenage years (okay, most of my years).