Solu - a new computer that does away with the folders' hierarchy system

Solu is a little computer that aims to fix all what PCs have been doing wrong all these years (e.g. files, folders, mice ...) based on the CEO behind this new gadget.

A long story short:

  • there is currently a Kickstarter campaign going on,
  • it will come out in 2016 for 349€,  and
  • it will be subscription based (no software to install, no storage to buy ...)

It's a nice concept very similar to my Task Information Collections (TIC) with clusters of related information together. These clusters are project based (like TIC) and based on the video it features a zoomable interface. I wonder how it scales up with thousands of files. And a question remains if we are willing to give up hierarchies and PCs for this? And some (with a reason) don't believe in its success (yet).

Our poster at #chiplay15 - StreetGames: A Moving Projector Platform for Projected Street Games (with @_klen_, @marklochrie)

A 3 days #PersuasiveWorkshop is over - description of the idea, video and photos

The theme of the workshop was the use of technology to tackle loneliness. The tablets can be put on the desks in a pub (bar, coffe shop) and people can start collaborative tasks across desks by inviting other tables into these tasks such as:

  • chat with people sitting at different tables (e.g. people who come alone to a pub can start a conversation with someone if they are shy)
  • draw together on a collaborative canvas
  • play games such as hangman (person playing with another person sitting at a different table or table of friends playing with another group sitting at another table)
  • collaborative task where several tables try to complete a task for a reward (e.g. if a quiz is successfully finished all participants get a voucher, free coffe or something similar).

A big thanks to all the participants (Primož Babič, Leo Gombač, Jan Grbac, Denis Subotic, Patrik Širol, Matej Zemljak, Nikki Bernobić, Matic Kuruzar Kromar, Goran Tubić, Duško Oštrić, Matjaž Jerman, Niki Hrovatin, Marko Al Kontestabile)

Contact me or Klen if you want to join the research team.

Here is the video of the workshop:

and here are some photos

The official news on Faculty's page.