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"Trekkie" HCI video + new HCI encyclopedias

Hi -

It's not everyday I pick up work-related ideas from science fiction. But HCI in particular has received lots of inspiration over the years from the Star Trek series with concepts such as the "tri-quarter" the "holodeck" and the sleek navigation consoles on their bridge. ...more...

The following link comes by way of a Trekkie friend and colleague from an online forum where they discuss the upcoming re-make of the original "James T. Kirk" story. On the forum someone referred to this real research as an example of how they thought the new Star Trek should update their bridge controls. It's called "Multi-Touch Interaction Research" from the NYU Media Research Lab and it reminds me of the navigation seen in the movie "Minority Report."

Anyway, here's the link to a short Quicktime video. http://mrl.nyu.edu/~jhan/ftirtouch
Enjoy! I can't wait to say "goodbye" to my mouse!

Oh yeah - and after you check that out - click through to the following new online Encyclopedias of HCI that the Library recently purchased. Why? Aside from the fact that they host great content, I purchased the first one (Berkshire Encyc. of HCI) partly on account of it featuring one of the wackiest interfaces I've ever seen. It's actually the platform vendor "XRefer" that has the wacky "concept map" interface. We have some other encyclopedias from them also and they all feature a conventional interface as well. But the information visualization aspect takes them to a new level as a discovery tool especially for undergraduates by letting them appreciate subject linkage visually instead of just as long lists. I wonder if anyone has hooked a similiar front end onto Wikipedia yet? A good topic for some future research.

And just for the sake of comparison, here's a second HCI encyclopedia - with a very conventional interface.

Check them out and let me know what you think!

Best,
Tim

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