Iron Man UI VFX

A UI VFX show reel from Iron Man II showing of the extensive effects prologue did. Find more of their work here. We all know it’s not really usable. Still looks fancy though.

A montage of the creation process:

If you are interested in UX Design in Movies there is an extensive reference with a lot of video samples here: WEAVE 04.10. – Science Fiction Interfaces (German)

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A New 10″ Tablet

If you look at the new 10″ Samsung Galaxy Note tablet one could almost think that Samsung’s shure it’s gonna loose against Apple in the fight about tablet design features. Samsungs new one definitely doesn’t look like an Apple device anymore. It’s available in Europe starting on the 8th of August and in the US one week later.

It comes with a pen, a micro SD slot, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), a back facing 5 Megapixel and a front facing 1.9 Megapixel  camera. All powered by a QuadCore processor with 2GB RAM. The 10.1″ touchscreen features 1280×800 pixels.

It’s available with WLAN, HSPA+ (for the 3G-Version), Bluetooth and GPS. A infrared Transmitter, in  combination with Samsungs Smart-Remote-App, allows to use it as a universal remote for your Stereo or TV.

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A Touch Screen with Texture

Touch screens are ubiquitous today. But a common complaint is that the smooth surface just doesn’t feel as good to use as a physical keypad. While some touch-screen devices use mechanical vibrations to enhance users’ experiences of virtual keypads, the approach isn’t widely used, mainly because mechanical vibrations are difficult to implement well, and they often make the entire device buzz in your hand, instead of just a particular spot on the screen.

Now, engineers from three different groups are proposing a type of tactile feedback that they believe will be more popular than mechanical buzzing. Called electrovibration, the technique uses electrical charges to simulate the feeling of localized vibration and friction, providing touch-screen textures that are impossible to simulate using mechanical actuators.

Their touch panel is made of transparent electrodes on a glass plate coated with an insulating layer. By applying a periodic voltage to the electrodes via connections used for sensing a finger’s position on the screen, the researchers were able to effectively induce a charge in a finger dragged along the surface. By changing the amplitude and frequency of the applied voltage, the surface can be made to feel as though it is bumpy, rough, sticky, or vibrating. The major difference is the specially designed control circuit that produces the sensations.

A Finnish company called Senseg has implemented electrovibration in touch screens and closed deals with three companies to incorporate the technology into products.

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Pressuresensitve Multitouch Screens

A clear composite material could make multitouch screens sensitive to pressure. A British company called Peratech has announced a new technology for touch screens that registers pressure as well as the position of a finger. This could provide new ways of interacting with apps for touch screen mobile phones and tablets.

In addition to adding pressure sensitivity to screens, the company claims that the technology, called Quantum Tunneling Composite (QTC) Clear, could make touch screens thinner, more rugged, and more energy-efficient.

[ via technologyreview.com ]

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