Continue reading "Taps - a collection of designs"
If wondered, I became fascinated by taps and their strange designs when I realised my children were having thoughts of how to use them. Since then I took photos of interesting, nice, clean, strange and failed designs. If you have any to share, I would be glad to add them to my collection.
Here is a list so far ...
This tap has the flow control at the end of the spout just above the aerator. The design can control the water flow and there apparently is no way to control the temperature. The water was by default nicely warm.
A talk @ WARM:
Claus Degendorfer (CodeFlügel): Practical Market Applications for Augmented Reality
Finally out in the printed version of Interacting with Computers.
Authors: Matjaž Kljun, John Mariani, Alan Dix
Cite: (Bibtex, Endnote (RIS))
Matjaž Kljun, John Mariani1 and Alan Dix. Transference of PIM Research Prototype Concepts to the Mainstream: Successes or Failures. Interacting with Computer
Read it: link to IoW
Personal Information Management (PIM) refers to the practice and the
study of how people acquire, organize, maintain, retrieve, archive and
discard information for various reasons in physical and digital worlds.
Many PIM tools are available for managing information on our desktop
computers while many research prototypes have tried to augment or
replace them. The development of these tools was based on knowledge
drawn from the fields of psychology, human–computer interaction,
information retrieval, knowledge management and research in the PIM
field. Different metaphors and ways of organizing were introduced.
However, the prevailing beliefs are that most of these prototypes were
not extensively tested and that the radical design (not addressing
real-world issues) and quick abandonment of prototypes prevented
transfer to mainstream products. This paper looks at what has been
developed and learnt, what has been transferred to mainstream
applications, discusses the possible reasons behind these trends and
challenges some parts of the above-mentioned beliefs.