Story of the week

Story of the week: Haptic Turk lets you fly a handglider

We’ve seen a lot of Oculus Rift applications pop up lately, but this one’s quite extraordinary. Haptic Turk allows for a truly immersive gaming experience with full rotational freedom and even special effects by… letting your friends hold you up, push you around and spray water in your face. (more…)


Story of the Week: The best computer interface? Maybe … your hands

So this week an interesting video popped up in my YouTube feed. It’s a TED talk from James Patten, an interaction designer, inventor and visual artist whose work lies at the intersection of the physical and digital worlds.


Story of the week: Safari from your sofa

Do you know Sir David Attenborough? Perhaps not the name, but if you ever watched a BBC-produced nature documentary, chances are you know his voice. Let this fragment be a reminder.

Now, what is this knight’s connection to HCI? Well, he is involved in a new documentary, not for the big screens, but for small ones. This nature documentary, Conquest of the Skies, is to be watched with the Oculus Rift according to this article. (more…)

Story of the week: The return of the Start Menu

In our first story of the week, we talked about the design behind Windows 8. A lot of the criticism for the new design was caused by the removal of the Start Menu (which was replaced by the new Start Screen). It seems like Microsoft has decided to give in after all, and announced today that the Start Menu will return in a future update for Windows 8.1. The user will be able to choose whether they want the new Start Screen or this more traditional Start Menu. (more…)

Story of the week: Subtitling the real world

This week in the television show Scheire en de Schepping we saw a rather clever combination of two interesting subdomains of HCI: voice recognition and augmented reality. It was about glasses that show subtitles for the conversation the user is having. These are called “SpraakZien” glasses (we find the name rather unimaginative), and they could be a handy tool for people with a hearing impairment.


Story of the week: Charity helps disabled gamer complete GTA V

Lee is a British gamer, but due to his spinal muscular atrophy, he was no longer able to play his video games. The Special Effect charity designed and developed a customised equipment setup for him, so he can control the game using his chin and his fingers. This allowed him to play and complete GTA V, something he thought he would never be able to do. (more…)