Quinta-feira, 3 de Abril de 2008

Samsung's own Touch UI is Instinct UI

Samsung rarely displays S60 phones, and S60 Touch UI might not be a success on their side, so this time they opted for Instinct UI.
From the video, the device looks rather small, or maybe Chris Ziegler from Engadget has gigantic fingers.

What we can clearly see is the web browser, and the usual finger-scrolling that we saw in devices such as Apple iPhone and Nokia N800. The main options on the sides are the Zoom buttons, but what I really wanted to see is the keyboard, but I believe we will be in for more videos and adverts once it launches itself into the market.

Source: Engadget Mobile
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Quinta-feira, 27 de Março de 2008

New NSeries in the making?

This is truly for us to guess, as we have no clue whatsoever what the new device compromises of, but according to Cybette at her Jaiku, she received a prototype, and she is so excited about it, that she actually told (or teased) us.
If you guys didn't know, Cybette, or Carol Chen is the Senior Integration Engineer at Nokia, so the last thing this should be is a fake rumour. Carol wrote that "it's NXX on the spec sheet in front of me and N00 on the proto" which tells us that it cannot be a N96, but a new unreleased model.

Most of us wondered if it was a Touch UI device, which wasn't fully answered, but the tip makes me believe that it is the new generation of S60 phones. "as for touch, it's a touchy subject, so i will not touch it," wrote Carol.

What we can really do is only speculate...

Picture: Nokia
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Terça-feira, 18 de Março de 2008

Flash Lite powers Half a Billion phones

Adobe announced yesterday that its Flash Lite software was now included in more than 500 million mobile phones across the globe.

The software that powers many such as YouTube and many other special animations and transitions is derived from Flash on computer web browsers, as well as offline applications.

Microsoft has also announced that it will use Flash Lite on its Windows Mobile Operating System, a step needed in order to keep competing against upcoming platforms that possess Touch UI or any flash interface like the one we see in Apple iPhones.

With over half a billion devices now running Flash Lite were extending the reach of high impact web experiences to our connected mobile world, said Al Ramadan, senior vice president, Mobile and Devices at Adobe. With Microsoft, the latest addition to our list of mobile partners, Flash technologys footprint continues to expand, promising more opportunities for Flash developers and more great content for mobile consumers around the world.

Picture: S60 Tips

Source: Business Wire

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Terça-feira, 12 de Fevereiro de 2008

S60 touch UI more videos...no protos

I was expecting more than just another someone playing around with the system, but I guess we only saw a a S60 representative with a tablet PC which had an emulator or a S60 touch UI Operating System.


The S60 representative showed the basic touch and feeback, nothing new, in fact it's less than what we saw at the other video long ago. The scrolling was the worst part, I prefer the scrolling that the N800 had, where you "push" the page up or down.


I suspect this is a very early stage of the system, or atleast I hope so. Check the videos:



The videos were posted by the new Voice of S60, Saara Bergstörm.


Source: Symbian-Freak, Boy Genius Report

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Quarta-feira, 9 de Janeiro de 2008

Nokia creates a real Minority Report

Do you remember the great movie Minority Report with all the finger browsing?

It's becoming reality thanks to Nokia, Planar and Canesta.

A very promising patent was found which holds the secret to the real touch experience. On the computer side, Bill Gates seems to only focus on the speech recognition, he left out something really cool and interactive.

Your phone learning your gestures definitely sounds like a dream, but Nokia's engineers transformed every possibility into a reality, check the patents:

Nokia used AMLCD technology which has optical sensors that identify and recognize finger gestures automatically.

Apple's multi touch is nothing compared to this. Here are some of the gestures:

  • Clockwise, counter clockwise circular rotations - browsing, scrolling listing applications
  • Subsequent typing by a single finger (Tap1-Tap2…) - activate device/phone, run/execute pre-selected option
  • Finger stays motionless (over certain time treshold) above some object/icon - select object/icon
  • Finger stays above some item/object/icon, followed by slow movement - select object till end of the move
  • Crossed perpendicular lines (X mark) - Delete
  • Perpendicular moving breach (Check mark) - Accept/Verify
  • Enclosed Curve around group of items - Select enclosed items


Two finger based Gestures/Commands
  • Linear approaching/digression (fingers approach, then move apart, and vice versa) - Zoom In/Out, size adjustment
  • Simultaneous touching of an icon/object by two fingers - Select the icon/object ready for size adjustment
  • Simultaneous tapping by two fingers (Tap 1&2, Tap 1&2, repeated) - High level importance Acceptance & Verification
  • One finger stays above an icon/object then object specific menu appears; the other finger performs circular rotations and toggles through the menu options, lifting simultaneously both fingers up selects and executes menu option
Compound Gestures/Commands
  • COPY=SELECT + Check mark inside (performed in vicinity of selected item)
  • CUT= SELECT + X mark inside
  • PASTE is based on COPY assuming that an indicator of the clipboard content is visible on screen after COPY, then one TAP on clipboard may create PASTE command and paste content at the pointer of pre-selected item/icon

Object oriented commands:
  • Select: - Picking up gesture - Finger 1 at a display corner or some reserved area, Finger 2 moves slowly under a displayed object to be selected
  • Copy: - when selected, click by single finger on the object
  • Paste: - fast double click by a single finger
  • Move: - move slowly two fingers located on moving objects
  • Delete: - double (fast) click by two fingers on previously selected object
  • Switch: - switching (on/off) is based on change in directions of fingers movement or, alternatively, on a change in finger acceleration
Gesture/browsing oriented commands:
  • Select object attributed to the pointer position: Open/closed hand
  • Forward/Backward Browsing: anticlockwise/clockwise cyclic rotation by a single finger
  • Zoom in/Out: expand/close two fingers
  • Run/Execute pre-selected icon/command: make a circle with your thumb and pointing finger (an OK sign)



The fingers have to be 10-20cm from the screen, ultrasonic transducers help by emitting sound waves, and those that get reflected are classified as the user's fingers' motions.


Nokia has already presented the 5th generation with touch UI, but this was not announced, perhaps it will make it to the next generations.



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