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5x The Motion Sensors By 2014

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The sales of motion sensors of all stripes – compasses, accelerometers, and gyroscopes – are predicted to quintuple by 2014, due to falling costs and rising technology needs. That means you can expect your next phone to start behaving more like a Wiimote and GPS.

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August 8, 2011 at 8:03 am

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Mobile UI Design Patterns

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A gallery of design patterns for interactions particular to mobile designs. Have a look!

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August 7, 2011 at 11:03 pm

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Finding iNEMO¹

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Speaking of accelerometers, STMicroelectronics thinks their multi-axis, multi-sensor accelerometer is smarter than what your regular one (or paper one) can do. It combines data from 3 multi-axis readings that is better suited for applications requiring more data than can be provided by just one MEMS.

For many current applications, such as freefall detection, screen rotation or pedometers, a single MEMS accelerometer meets their system requirements. However, a new class of advanced applications is emerging, for example: location-based services, enhanced motion-based gaming, pedestrian dead-reckoning for indoor and multi-floor navigation, robotics or human-body tracking.

1) Ah, the kitschy titles. Can’t help myself. It just comes to me.

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August 7, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Paper Accelerometers

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All this talk of MEMS¹ and piezoresistance (so industry-specific a term that even the IEEE guys had to put it in italics!) really serves to undermine for us non-engineering types the significance of what is being talked about in the article because our eyes glaze over like one of those crazy fad donut wedding cakes from some years back. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm

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“When I was younger so much younger than today…”

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(you know, like, a year and a half ago)

…I never needed iOS help in any way. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 7, 2011 at 9:27 pm

User Interface Design for Web Applications

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This article also could also have been titled, “Stating The Unobvious Obvious.” It’s all about those obvious differences between plain-ole’ website design versus application design, but we don’t take the time to consider them in our design process until they hit us over the head like a giant mallet of “Why didn’t I think of it sooner?” because they are so… fundamentally obvious. Yeah. In other words, principles so simple, we ignore them because we think we already knew that and need to get back to making that rainbow gradient button.

This is a bit of a recurring theme, but UX is all about letting users do what they need to do, with as little interference as possible. Since web applications are all about doing and not about letting users sit back and enjoy your design while you provide them with content, the way you approach designing one needs to be different as well. The article suggests you create a user task analysis to determine the following:

  • What are the main tasks performed by the intended users?
  • Which tasks are parts of other tasks?
  • Which tasks are performed linearly?
  • Which tasks are performed repeatedly in a single session?
  • What user assistance (online Help) is needed each step of the way?
  • Which tasks are performed frequently and which infrequently?
  • Would users prefer to have the tasks organized by frequency of use or by the order in which they’re performed?

Based on the answers to these questions, you can then decide how to step out of the way and allow the user to control their experience.

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August 2, 2011 at 11:38 am

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User-Centered Design and Web Development

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I’m sure I’ve read this before for many different classes, but it is always worth reading once more.

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August 2, 2011 at 11:06 am

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