Articles about Technology

Interview with SF Author Rudy Rucker: Interfaces in Sci-Fi

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Rudy Rucker talks about user interfaces from voice recognition, hand gestures, eye tracking, to his own invention that is activated by sub-vocal speech and mental commands. [Read More]

Interview with Sci-Fi Author Bruce Sterling: Alien-Computer Interfaces

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Bruce Sterling talks about Hollywood, aliens, and how interfaces are depicted in sci-fi movies in a conversation about UX and sci-fi. [Read More]

The Dystopian Experience: Technology and UX in Science Fiction

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Dystopian sci-fi can make us more aware of the potential negative consequences of technology that we might not otherwise be able to imagine. [Read More]

The View from Here: Beyond Books

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What will libraries be in the future as they go beyond books to embrace technology like streaming audio, video on demand and virtual reality? [Read More]

You Need an Outlet and a Browser: How Children Understand and Use the Internet

Children are not the most effective Web users and more research is needed to explore children’s mental models related to Internet use. [Read More]

The New Reality – Coming Soon

The increasing use of handheld devices with cameras, GPS, wireless Internet, and relatively large digital viewing screens has made Augmented Reality technology available to the general public en masse. [Read More]

What Does “Personal Computer” Mean? Communicating a New Paradigm

The PC is no longer the center of the digital universe. Soon service providers will offer desktop as a service to companies of all sizes. [Read More]

What’s News: Automating Baggage Handling

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Using feedback from ground handling staff, RampMate was created, increasing efficiency and airport baggage tracking capabilities while decreasing handler injury rates. [Read More]

What’s News: No More Goofy Glasses

Three-dimensional (3-D) movies may soon become more mainstream thanks to technologies that are making 3-D viewing more user-friendly. [Read More]

Access in Africa: A Personal Perspective

A digitizing project highlighted additional accessibility challenges for many in Africa: a lack of the basic infrastructure that the Global North takes for granted. [Read More]

Universal Life: Multi-User Virtual Environments for People with Disabilities

It’s necessary to consider the benefit that barrier-free virtual environments provide for people with disabilities in terms of pain management, distraction, and socialization. [Read More]

What’s News: Blio Software: E-reader = Easy to Read?

Blio, designed to make e-books accessible to the visually impaired, allows users to read, or have read to them, e-books on regular computers or handheld devices. [Read More]

What’s News: New Computer Technologies to Be Rolled Out

Flexible, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display technology is about to revolutionize the world of portable computing, making mobile phones lighter and more durable. [Read More]

What’s News: Hey Good Lookin’

The marketing campaign for TriSpecs™ is focused on user experience as the key selling feature, however the website itself is not a great model of usability. [Read More]

Making Forms Accessible: Accessible Forms Help all Users

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Development of an accessible pdf form for students with disabilities that provides both the required level of usability and accessibility and the necessary backend features. [Read More]

Taxi! Service Design for New York’s Yellow Cabs

As digital information spaces augment physical places, new location-based services will emerge for riding cabs, as well as many other civic, urban, and commercial experiences. [Read More]

Finding Uses For New Technology: Moving with a Magic Thing

The user cannot always be the starting point for new products but involving users provides us with a way to find applications for technology-driven innovations. [Read More]

Radio Frequency Identification: How User Expertise Can Make a New Technology Welcome

Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is a good example of how user experience professionals can influence the adoption of new technology. [Read More]

What’s News: Speck-tacular Computers

A group of computer science, electronic engineering, and physics professors is developing a system of tiny programmable semiconductor specks that can work together to sense, compute, and network wirelessly. [Read More]