Microsoft’s newly unveiled research project the IllumiRoom is a combination projector/Kinect which extends your video game experience. There’s a bunch of interesting use cases presented here, I’m partial to the snow/extra scenery coming off of the game, and the gun shots rippling through your space. So rad.
You tap a button and the form just …appears? You swipe to delete an item and it just vanishes? That’s super weird and un-natural. Nearly nothing in the real world does anything as jarringly as just swapping states. It would feel like a glitch.
This is a great discussion of UI transition states. It presents some good arguments as to when transitional animations are appropriate and useful, but the GIF presentation is what really sells it.
Granted, the concept of animated transitions is not a magic bullet (see Yahoo!’s new weather app and its distinct lack of animations) but it can be used to help clarify interactions or alleviate difficulties understanding how data is being used in the interface.
This is a project we can not talk about. We had to remove all logos and voice over. It is a shame as the project was particular interesting from its conceptual point of view. Nevertheless we still thinking it is worth it to show.
Bitcoins have been back in the news after suffering a tremendous run up in price, more hacking, and then an inevitable fall back in price. For some perspective on what Bitcoins actually are, check out this thorough explanation created by Duncan Elms.