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…)

Version 0.1 released!

It’s here! One day past the original deadline, but we finally have our first release of Social Fridge.

We’re still waiting for one of the CHI course assistants to publish our app on the Google Play Store. It’s up, you can go get the app on the Play Store. We’re supporting all the way back until Android 2.3 Gingerbread!

Get it on Google Play
You are kindly requested to fill in a short questionnaire during or after using the app to help us evaluate and improve the user interface. (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.

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Session 5: +/-/?

First of all the professor repeated that blogging shouldn’t be a burden, but something in our advantage, mainly because of the fast feedback we can get from other people. We should also post our session evaluations soon enough, so that they can still be of any use for the next session. I guess I’m already a bit too late with this post, sorry.

Anyway, some positive notes about last session: less talking, more working; good feedback; and a nice overview of what we could use for our digital prototypes. Quite surprisingly the first digital version of our app must be released before the Easter Holidays, which is sooner than most of us expected. We probably wanted to know this a bit earlier. It’s not that it won’t be achievable, but together with all our other deadlines it will be tight.

A final remark: Professor Duval took a look  at our planning and adviced that, in order to have a testable digital version before the holidays, we should only focus on the main functionality: finding and inviting partners and choosing time slots to make spaghetti. I personally found it a pity that some things (like choosing a dish) were set aside, but it’s probably best to do so.