Why Star Trek’s User-Interfaces Suck

May 4, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Ramblings of a Gadget Geek

Has anyone realized that—aside from the apparently unresolved questions of FTL travel and matter transmission—Star Trek is an impossible future? Especially, if you’re talking about user interfaces.

Well, the TNG variant at least. The “Okudagrams” that characterize the controls of the USS Enterprise-D (as well other ships within the same timeframe) actually seem counter-intuitive. Granted, the bright colors and adaptability—similar to how an iPhone changes whats on screen depending on what app is running—make the futuristic interface look cool. But nobody’s ever considered just how easy it is to use (or not). Read more

The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Touch-Interface: What Nokia Needs to Work on

January 7, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones, Ramblings of a Gadget Geek

I was finally able to put the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic through its paces. Right away, I was able to see how the manufacturer could incorporate in its next touch-driven device.

To sum it up, Nokia simply did not maximize their touch interface. Primarily because pre-existing patents limit the functionality the Finnish company could provide, and emphasis on the old way of doing things. Read more


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