While the standard flavors of salty, sweet, sour, and bitter are obvious to us and easy to experience, the fifth flavor— umami—is ineffable. It’s the salience of parmesan cheese, anchovies, dried tomatoes, fish sauce, and dashi. Though it can be oversaturated and overused, umami is an essential taste modifier that makes the sum of its […]
This week at the TED conference, Pattie Maes from MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces group showcased the latest work of her students, “a wearable computing system that turns any surface into an interactive display screen. The wearer can summon virtual gadgets and internet data at will, then dispel them like smoke when they’re done.” Pattie […]
It still strikes me as fascinating that the iPhone and the OLPC (or XO) laptop were both released in the last year, and yet they’re such radically different “computing” and communication devices and concepts. I’ve spent some time playing simultaneously with the iPhone, the XO or OLPC laptop, and my regular computer combo – an […]
Old school book checkout at Adaptive Path.
A redesign of software maker Macromedia’s main Web site is attracting criticism from customers because it doesn’t work with some browsers, including Apple Computer’s much-hyped Safari. Full story at CNET
This would have been an interesting two hours… Why Good Content Must Suck: Designing for the Scent of Information Jared Spool from User Interface Engineering If you have thousands of pages of really cool stuff on your site, how do users find what they are looking for? Turns out that the content itself has to […]