The reactable, a tangible multi-user electronic music instrument

The Reactable is a tangible tabletop electronic music instrument. Users can compose music by moving and rotating elements on the Reactable.  The Reactable was used in Bjork™s 2007 tour. This instrument is being developed by a team of digital luthiers (Sergi Jord’ , Martin Kaltenbrunner, Gunter Geiger and Marcos Alonso), at the Music Technology Group within the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain.

Tod E. Kurt’s Spooky Projects

Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software (http://www.arduino.cc/) , which I use very often in my projects (http://www.tiltool.com/projects.htm). Tod E. Kurt (from thingm.com) just posted Spooky Projects -a set of four 3-hour classes, focused on microcontroller programming and interfacing with the real world using the Arduino physical computing platform.
Links:
http://todbot.com/blog/spookyarduino/
http://todbot.com/blog/bionicarduino/

Shift Happens



An official update to the original “Shift Happens” video from Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod, this June 2007 update includes new and updated statistics, thought-provoking questions and a fresh design. For more information, or to join the conversation, please visit http://shifthappens.wikispaces.com — Content by Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod, design and development by XPLANE.

●江戸の和時計● (The Edo harmony clock)


The EDO clock, shown in the picture on the right, is an ancient Japanese clock in Edo era (back in 17 to 19 century), which is based upon the lunar calendar. The moving speed of the hand of the right clock is different in day and night, and is varied by the seasons. In every seasons, the hand points right at sunrise and left at sunset.

Click here to see how it works (work done by Rey.Hori(れい・ほり).

Design at Microsoft

UK Design Council has recently published a rare look in the design process in large companies across the world. This study looks at Alessi, BSkyB ,BT , LEGO, Microsoft, and many other companies. It also looks at the way these use design to meet different business challenges , manage their design function and what are their tools and techniques. I was lucky to be a part of this effort and to share some of the views we use in Microsoft to make a better user experience .

Windows Live Calendar beta goes live

After many months of hard work I am happy to see Windows Live Calendar goes live today. A modern calendar that looks smart and feels fast. See your schedule online Organize, Get reminders via e-mail, Windows Live Messenger, or text messages sent to your phone and share events with your buddies. It™s all there 🙂 It is my pleasure to lead the UX design team on this exciting challenge. Windows Live Calendar http://calendar.live.com/

Under the surface

iPhonesurfaceTwo new platforms that will be launched this year are aiming to change we perceive computers. Surface, Microsoft™s new augmented interface will allow via multi touch interface new kind of interface with our surrounding. Apple™s iPhone on the other hand will allow us to carry a mini computational device on us all the time. It is not about their success any more. It is the calling that these experience represent. Microsoft and apple, the two companies that shaped the way we interact with computers not so long ago, are about to shape it once again. This does not end with that, that™s for sure.