Category Archives: Beyond the Keyboard & Mouse

Advances interfaces like multi-touch, nanotechnology, speech recognition, gestural…

Visualizing World Health

Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes is a great example of an entertaining and informative visualization!



Designing Future Healthcare

Dr. Eric Topol, just came out with the book- “The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands”. If you are interested in how healthcare is changing (for better or worse) in the coming years this book is a must read.

PatientBookThe Patient Will See You Now  empowers its’ readers to take charge and improve their own health, and is chock full references and specific examples of how medicine is affected by technology.  There are amazing tech advances that are lowering healthcare costs and making procedures much better and less invasive.

Dr. Topol explains why the stethoscope should be replaced by a smartphone, and the benefits of knowing your own personalized GIS. Smartphones can capture blood pressure, heart rhythm, respiratory rate, oxygen concentration, galvanic skin response, body temperature, eye pressure, blood glucose, brain waves, intracranial pressure, muscle movements and much more.  Smart phones can be enabled to diagnose certain cancers through patient’s breath. Nano chips, pocket devices for ultrasound and x-rays (cheaper and less radiation), genome sequencing (cheaper and better too)…

It explains topics like “Open Access” in Medicine. Open Access medicine speeds up finding cures and courses of treatment, lowers costs, and improves patient treatment and outcomes.

For all the benefits listed, the book also delves into the problems (and some solutions) associated with each new technology such as privacy problems associated with “Open Access” Medicine.

This book brings up a treasure trove of problems that will need to be solved in order to make the tech work best for people.

Thinking about Thumbs

Luke Wroblewski tweeted 3 links about Designing for the thumb:

1. Designing for Thumb Flow  features video that shows how you use polar with one thumb.

2. Scott Hurff explains how the “thumb hook” gesture used often in Facebook’s new Paper app might drive the sale of arthritis medication in a few years. He then shares a Thumb Zone template to use when designing for the most comfortable area for one handed touch.

Thumb Zone

3. Michael Oh demonstrated the Vice Versa UI pattern that bisects the screen diagonally and allows for a more natural thumb motion. This works best for two choices that are the opposite of each other.

Happy Designers

Combining Art and Technology

You can do amazing things when you combine art and technology.

Soso Limited’s piece called Patterned By Nature uses LCD glass, animation and sounds to represent natural occurrences like raindrops, clouds and birds in flight.

Lisa Kaczmarczyk’s Interdisciplinary Computing Blog describes Justin Manor co-founder of Soso Limited’s inspiring presentation at a recent IxDA meetup.

Happy Designers

Art, UX, Computer Science (happy campers)

I was also impressed by Soso’s designs for the CSIS Global Data Chandelier scheduled to be installed in 2014. The lights of the chandelier are shaped like a map of our continent. The lights will display global statistical data such as natural resource availability, energy use and consumption, population data and more like highlighting regions of the world that are currently being discussed.