Tag Archive for 'technology'

Milton Glaser on Art, Technology and the Secret of Life

You learn more and more that everything exists at once with its opposite, so the contradictions of life are never-ending and somehow the mediation between these opposites is the game of life.

Milton Glaser

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Moments Around You Using Project Glass

At many times technology that helps you to explore and share your world around you, putting you back in the moment.
It’s a old video from Project Glass but i still love the interaction it’s intuitively designed.

The future of customer experience

“A young woman uses mobile technology to identify, search and buy an outfit for a wedding and to interact with retailers in the online and physical worlds.” This video is all about engaging customers in retail world.

Rimino – A Human Touch on Mobile Experience

Now here’s the mobile experience made me wow: Project Rimino redefines mobile experience through human factors research and design thinking. Informed by human experience, the project is guided by both observational and experimental design research methods.

The Rimino concept is an E-paper mobile device with a user interface inspired by print posters. Historically, as technology has progressed, devices have become more conspicuous. Rimino challenges this trend and presents the alternative: technology that is more integrated and more sensitive to the human experience.

Rimino concept video represents a future that is envisioned to be more aligned with what we need and want as people instead of our needs and wants being dictated by technology.

Awesome work with great details.

 

Infographic: DIgital Life today and tomorrow


Watch this awesome infographic video, “Digital Life: Today and Tomorrow,” created by NeoLabels. If you like to know how the rise of mobile computing, the proliferation of social networking, and the cloudification and appification of our entire technological lives are effecting our day to day life.

Future of Screen Technology – Experience video

An “experience video”, that shows how a normal day would be in a couple of years when technologies are affordable enough to be used everywhere. This video is the result of the experiment with Tat open innovation.

You can read more about this experiment here.

I like this, it’s Interesting UI, looks simple & clean.

vivek

New features in Adobe Flash Professional CS5

Yesterday Adobe launches highly anticipated releases of the creative suite CS5, with many new exciting features. Have a look to Some of the great features which i like in new Adobe Flash Professional CS5.

1.Code Snippets panel

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Reduce the ActionScript 3.0 learning curve and enable greater creativity by injecting prebuilt code into projects.

2.Creative Suite integration

creative suite integration
Enhance productivity when using Adobe Creative Suite components such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Flash Builder

3.XML-based FLA source files

xml based FLA source files
Manage and modify projects using source control systems and collaborate on files more easily.

4.Wide content distribution

flash cs5 wide content distribution
Publish content virtually anywhere, using Adobe AIR for desktop applications and mobile platforms including the iPhone, or Adobe Flash Player for browser-based experiences.

5.Flash Builder integration

flash cs5 builder integration
Use Flash Builder as your primary ActionScript editor for Flash Professional projects.

6.Video improvements

flash cs5 video improvements
Streamline video processes with on-stage video scrubbing and a new cue points property inspector.

7.Spring for Bones

flash cs5 spring for bones
Create more realistic inverse kinematic effects with new motion attributes added to the Bones tool.

8.Deco drawing tools

flash cs5 deco drawing tools
Add advanced animation effects with a new comprehensive set of brushes for the Deco tool.

if you like to know more details about it, read here. http://www.adobe.com/products/flash/whatsnew/

vivek

HTC’s user-centric approach to the HD2’S AD campaign

I am impressed with the way they’ve approached this ad. Well i feel it does an excellent job supporting the gestalt of their You campaign. Showing the phone’s view of you is a really simple way of showing how a mobile device fits intimately into all the different aspects of your life.

“A mobile is a very personal object. You keep close to you at all times — whether in your bag or tucked into your pocket.” “It is more than just a piece of technology.”

vivek

Adobe Max 09 Video: Seo Secrets, Technology, And Magic Behind Flash

Join Adobe SEO Evangelist Duane Nickull and Flex/Flash Programming Guru Rich Tretola as they demonstrate some of the fundamentals of how search engines build indexes and results, and delve into top techniques you can use to increase your search ranking.

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Jan Chipchase presentation on: “Pattern Recognition”

I found this Interesting presentation by Jan Chipchase on “Pattern Recognition”.
“On the challenges of exploring patterns in human behaviour, culture and technology, and the art of finding opportunities where they collide.”

vivek

Designing Mobile Technology for Emerging Markets “rural India”

conceptual phone for emerging market

Recently Adaptive put up a micro reports on understanding of how rural people in India uses mobile technologies. “Mobile Literacy” is a design and research project to understand how mobile technology can work more effectively in emerging markets. Adaptive Path went to rural India to investigate the impact of mobile technology and developed concepts for new mobile devices for this market.

MobilGlyph: Making Data Tangible from Adaptive Path on Vimeo.

They also shared their comprehensive framing of design principles for such a target audience, one that takes their contextual knowledge of communication technology, consumer electronics and literacy into account.

Few snippet:

  • Design for Cultural Relevance
    Support existing needs, values, networks and experiences.
  • Cultivate Accurate Mental Models
    Design interactions that do not rely on western conventions and metaphors. The system should rely on organization principles, communication methods and iconic representations that are relevant to local experience. Recognize the cultural norms of verbal communication and spatial memory.
  • Evolve a Known Technological Experience
    Create a solution which builds on experience with culturally familiar objects: cars, radios, calculators, televisions and bicycles instead of computers, websites and video games. Explore direct feedback, single-button functions and mechanical clarity.
  • Emphasize Local Adoption Styles
    Create technology and interfaces that can match how people live; India is not discreet or quiet so a solution should be vibrant and expressive of Indian society, culture, religion and way of life. It should also assume the mobile devices are shared and that conversations may involve many people speaking to many, rather than one to one conversations on a personal device.

Six primary design principles they came up with:

  • Honor the Culture of Relationships: Understand how people in the market are going to use the device or service to communicate or get information, by seeing what they do now.
  • Design for Cultural Relevance. Support existing needs, values, networks and experiences.
  • Design for Today’s World. Resources in rural India are scarce, and people manage them carefully. Systems and services familiar to western cultures simply don’t exist. Designing a solution to fit existing infrastructure and cultural experience is essential to its success.
  • Design Legos, Not Model Car Kits. Giving people a flexible toolkit of parts rather than a prescribed solution to a one problem opens up opportunities for cross-cultural iteration.
  • Leapfrog the PC. More than a phone, mobile devices present the opportunity to invent new ways for people to access and interact with information.
  • Generate Awareness & Adoption. Creating mechanisms for facilitating awareness and adoption helps to ensure that all who can benefit from a device or service are aware of and able to use it.

Designing a mobile for rural Market is my dream task and i am much passionate to do that, Understanding user motivations, their experiences, what they are looking for and how they use it and how? is important for designing good experiences.

vivek

Adobe Extends Flash Platform to Digital Home

Adobe Extends Flash Platform to Digital Home

Adobe Extends Flash Platform to Digital Home :) awesome news for Flash developers and a new creative area to play around. Surprisngly that the Digital Home player is built on Flash Lite 3.1 Player. you can even think on rich internet application on TV!

Adobe today announced the extension of the Adobe Flash Platform to connected digital home devices with an optimized implementation of Flash technology that delivers high definition (HD) video and rich applications to Internet-connected televisions, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players and other devices in the digital living room.

The Adobe Flash Platform for the Digital Home now enables the delivery of HD Web videos to digital home devices via the Flash Video (FLV) file format. Consumers will be able to enjoy rich, interactive viewing experiences and amazing new ways to engage with HD content on televisions. Flash technology-based applications will allow users to quickly switch between television programming and Web content outside the Web browser.“Adobe Flash Platform for the Digital Home will dramatically change the way we view content on televisions,” said David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president, Platform Business Unit at Adobe. “Consumers are looking to access their favorite Flash technology-based videos, applications, services and other rich Web content across screens. We are looking forward to working with partners to create these new experiences and deliver content consistently across devices whether consumers view it on their desktop, mobile phone or television.”

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vivek

Video: Opera Mobile 9.7 with Opera Turbo and Flash lite support

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Opera announced the new Opera Mobile 9.7 server-accelerated browser for smartphones and mobile devices. Opera Mobile 9.7 features Opera Turbo, Opera’s breakthrough compression technology, along with the company’s latest Presto 2.2 rendering engine (also used in Opera 10 desktop) and full support for dynamic Web technologies such as Ajax and Flash (for accessing popular sites like Facebook and YouTube).

Opera Mobile 9.7 will be officially available for download in the first half of 2009.

vivek

Adobe helps search engines to handle Flash

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An interesting news and often asked questions by many developers that “if they use Adobe’s Flash technology, is Search engines will be able to find text embedded in Flash files(SWF)” But Now YES!

According to Adobe it says “Adobe is providing optimized Adobe Flash Player technology to Google and Yahoo! to enhance search engine indexing of the Flash file format (SWF) and uncover information that is currently undiscoverable by search engines.”

Google has been quickest off the mark, and the Official Google Blog boasts:
Google has been developing a new algorithm for indexing textual content in Flash files of all kinds, from Flash menus, buttons and banners, to self-contained Flash websites. Recently, we’ve improved the performance of this Flash indexing algorithm by integrating Adobe’s Flash Player technology.

Yahoo appears to be a bit slower off the mark as no official press release but as from Adobe “Yahoo! also expects to deliver improved Web search capabilities for SWF applications in a future update to Yahoo! Search. “Yahoo! is committed to supporting webmaster needs with plans to support searchable SWF and is working with Adobe to determine the best possible implementation,” said Sean Suchter, vice president Yahoo! Search Technology Engineering.

It’s very important while designing and developing your content using Flash for web as well as Mobile to optimize it properly for search engines discoverable.

Read here

SWF searchability FAQ

vivek

Flash-Enabled Handset Forecast: 91% Global Growth in 2007

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Great news !! from strategyanalytics “Flash-Enabled Handset Forecast shows 91% Global Growth in year 2007 as Flash lite Gains Momentum outside Japan.”

Adobe’s Flash Lite technology has taken off rapidly in the last 18 months. Cumulatively, over 301 million FL devices, of which over 90% are cellphones, have been shipped since 2003. The base continues to strengthen in Japan, but in 2008 we will see shipments of Flash Lite-enabled cellphones in the rest of the Asia Pacific region and Western Europe exceed shipments in Japan for the first time since the launch of Flash Lite. A further 1.4 billion FL-enabled phones are expected to be shipped globally over the next three years alone, at which point over 46% of phones shipped are likely to support Flash Lite. This report gives a global forecast of the market for Flash Lite-enabled phones with detailed analysis of 23 countries, and splits by Flash Lite version, air interface and network operator.

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