Ubuntu designer shows user-tracking UI

Could your PC serve you better by knowing its position relative to you? Ubuntu interface designer Christian Giordano experimented with the concept last week, and he has an interesting video to show for it:

Giordano says his colleagues at Canonical thought of several ways to improve the user experience by making the PC more physically aware. Moving away from the screen with a video playing back, for instance, could make the video fill the screen. Similarly, notifications could take up the whole display when the user isn’t sitting right in front of his PC. As the video shows, a neat parallax effect is also possible—although I can’t be the only one to think that might get annoying after a while.

Giordano’s experiment involved his PC’s webcam, but he says user-tracking technology could use infrared or ultrasound sensors to do the same job. You wouldn’t want your webcam light to stay on all the time, right? Not using a webcam could circumvent unintentional racism, too, which is always a plus.

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    • HisDivineShadow
    • 9 years ago

    Combine this with logical uses of the Natal tech in Kinect being expanded to computers and there’d be some interesting possibilities. It can’t be the only interface, but it might be a nice secondary interface.

    • Meadows
    • 9 years ago

    This is fun to look at, but always useless.

    What you want to do with modern technology is /[

      • Trymor
      • 9 years ago

      Don’t forget applications for disabled folk…

    • yes
    • 9 years ago

    hewlitt packert computers are racist

    hahahaha

      • bthylafh
      • 9 years ago

      Shouldn’t you be studying your multiplication tables?

    • nagashi
    • 9 years ago

    I’d love to see it zoom in on webpages/documents when I move my head closer. That’d be quite useful!

      • jon_lui
      • 9 years ago

      Shouldn’t it zoom out when you move your head away so you can see the text larger thus clearer?

        • Meadows
        • 9 years ago

        That sentence doesn’t make sense.

          • Trymor
          • 9 years ago

          Edit: I re-read it, and realize I looked right past the word ‘in’ thinking it was ‘out’. So yeah, doesn’t make sense the way it is written.

          Makes perfect sense to me. Normally, the further you get from the screen, the smaller text looks.

          With this, you can kick back in your recliner, and the screen ‘zooms’ to make the text larger. Some may go off the screen, but a slight turn of the head, and the screen slides a little to let you see the rest.

    • BobbinThreadbare
    • 9 years ago

    Very interesting initial work, but yeah, I think that would annoy me very quickly.

    Edit: This would be really cool if integrated with games, want to peek around that corner? Just do so in real life.

      • bthylafh
      • 9 years ago

      Something like that is in the Windows world already: TrackIR.

        • BobbinThreadbare
        • 9 years ago

        Well what do you know.

        • stmok
        • 9 years ago

        Is it built into Windows by Microsoft? Or is it another third-party developed solution?

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