Category Archives: Theories, models, frameworks

Sound design

Deaf folks used to get pretty much a free pass through the Internet, since there was minimal sound-only content. This changed with innovations such as podcasts. Now audio has become ubiquitous enough that people are starting to look at recommending … Continue reading

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Resonant design

We’ve barely started reading Graham Pullin’s new book design meets disability, but we’re already intrigued by his concept of resonant design, the thought that some products can be designed for a consumer group that includes subsets of people both with … Continue reading

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Feelings, nothing more than feelings

Interesting NYT article about our sense of touch, both how it’s accurate and how easily it can be fooled. One paragraph in particular caught our attention: “When people are given a raised line drawing of a common object, a bas-relief … Continue reading

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Scratch another gesture interface

Now here’s another gesture interface prototype we’re itching to try.  Chris Harrison mounts a simple microphone on any surface — wall, desk, pants pocket, then scratches letters or patterns on that surface to control a computer or mp3 player.  Sound … Continue reading

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Sound idea

The Hidden Radio prototype looks like a deodorant stick; raise the cap to adjust the volume, twist it to change the channel, or push it back down to turn it off. While it might be just a little too minimalist–how … Continue reading

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Stupid is as stupid does

Two browser plugins–one now available, one under development–are designed to detect ungrammatical phrases and poor writing styles in blog comments, such as improper use of capitalization and punctuation. Do these have the ability to provide polite feedback to authors, including … Continue reading

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