Although I am proud of our corporate management for setting aside its religious upbringing and recognizing some of the serious limitations in this first incarnation of the JesusPhone, it is exciting to see members of the OpenLaszlo congregation diving in.
By all reports, iPhoneDevCamp brought together a lot of creative folks and sparked some great apps. Ben Shine writes about the experience working with Bret Simister over the weekend and creating a new application from scratch in about a day and a half. And, of course, it had to have some of that “swooshy” (aka cinematic) UI. They decided on a game, matching photos and news feeds from RSS stories. The game is here, and Ben has even posted the source on svn (just 400 lines of LZX).
Update: for those of you experimenting with OpenLaszlo on the iPhone, please add comments or links to wiki page
“Fail early and get it all over with,” Swing said, a suggestion that elicited surprised laughter from the audience. “If you learn to deal with failure, you can raise teenagers. You can abide in intimate relationships. And you can have a worthwhile career. You learn to breathe again when you embrace failure as a part of life, not as the determining moment of life.”
He advised graduates to work on their own passions, not someone else’s.
“Whether comedy or faith or youthful idealism—whatever, be an apprentice in something that beckons your heart to pursue with endless fascination,” Swing said. “None of us three was an expert in many things, but all three of us were passionate about one thing. Some unique one thing. My advice to you graduates: Stay with the things that draw you like a magnet. Trust your DNA. Pay attention to your daydreams.”
graduation advice from Rev. William L. Swing, via Not Always On
Minority report is a must-see movie for UI geeks. It seems to have inspired a new generation of UI innovation, or perhaps, a new generation of designers and developers and Stephen Spielberg are all thinking along the same lines.
There are some inventions that use cameras and Pointscreen (video) which works by sensing electric fields (inspired by the Theremin). But, none seem as responsive as the multi-touch interface demonstrated earlier this year by Jeff Han at the TED conference.
(this video via Video Karma via Creating Passionate Users comment)
While everyone is wowed by this technology and wants to play with it, there is still question about how practical is will be in real life. “Ben Shneiderman, a computer science professor at the University of Maryland and a founding director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab, calls Han a ‘great showman’ who has ‘opened the door to exciting possibilities.’ But he doesn’t think Han’s technology would be suitable for a large-scale consumer product, nor as useful as a mouse on a large display. If you are standing in front of the screen, Shneiderman wonders, how would people behind you be able to see what you’re doing?” (via Fast Company via BassicTech) I think the main potential problem is that your arms will get tired; however, the potential risks of RSI didn’t stop consumer adoption of Doug Englebart‘s mouse.
I do think it would be pretty effective for collaboration. I always find it hard to sit back and just watch someone else “drive” when working together on a computer. Of course, we have a long way to go on collaboration software in general, let alone adapting it to this new paradigm. Regardless, I applaud Jeff’s innovation and wish him and his colleagues at Perceptive Pixel the best of luck. I wholeheartedly agree with Jeff Han when he says that “interfaces should be conforming to us.”