Unlike Vista, this user interface *is* something new

Quite seldom I see something on the net that is elegant, beautiful, and simple – so simple that it becomes obvious. Last time I had this feeling was with iPod’s wheel.

There was lots of excitement about new Vista user interface features. The users who never used / saw OS-X, must love Vista. It is huge improvement over XP – much nicer, cleaner, very good typography, comes very close to Tiger. Linux users have their own great looking desktop XGL. From human-machine interaction point of view, neither Vista, nor XGL did really bring anything new – just caught up with Apple and added few eye candies on top. All this 3D-turning, spongy shaking windows, transparencies and rotating planes look indeed nice, but add very little to the functionality of Expose (besides, no one except Apple has two finger trackpad scrolls). So what is so cool about the BumpTop ? Everything.

User interface paradigm demonstrated in BumpTop prototype combines 3D graphics and physics in very new and creative ways. But see for yourself. The site offers hi-res videos in QT and WMV formats as downloads or torrents. The Youtube link to low res version is here. The lasso-n-cross idea and pile/unpile are so impressive. Enjoy !

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2 Comments on “Unlike Vista, this user interface *is* something new”

  1. dazzer Says:

    Its a novel idea, but unfortunately i don’t see it becoming standard. Its definately way to “out there” in the sci-fi genre for people to grasp it. Humans are not suseptible to such a huge change. Gradual changes are the way to go.

    Though I could definately see this being implmented together with the Multi-Touch interface system. that would be awesome

  2. Miro Says:

    I do not think it is ready for mass market either. I can however see this as extremly useful for power users, knowledge workers and people that are visually oriented and like to keep things organized visually.

    I am not sure how well it would scale up to deal with thousands of items – but it’s a great beginning. Hope that Apple noticed this 🙂


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