Sound to navigate, Global apps for children, Walmart gets 1984, Shim by BostonGlobe, a whole new level of search ala ipad

1] Navigate whilst you cycle. The sound gets louder in your left ear headphone if you need to go left.
http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/onepercent/2011/08/music-cycling-gps.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

2] Like the HSBC ‘worlds local’ bank ads, we need to consider language, culture, colour and imagery and local conventions when designing global apps for kids:
http://uxdesign.smashingmagazine.com/2011/09/02/designing-global-applications-for-children/

3] Walmart wants to get sell you what you want – products that you talk about in your tweets, with your facebook mates and even using your smartphone once you’re in store.
http://www.fastcompany.com/1778427/walmarts-super-social-shopping-agenda
 

4] BostonGlobe have created Shim – a responsive site browser test across multiple devices – from the horses mouth:
“It’s all about: What is the user experience?” he said. “We’re not really talking about technology. A printed newspaper is one user experience. A website is a completely different user experience. Twitter is another user experience. What do people like? What do people want? We just don’t know.”
http://www.businessinsider.com/inside-the-boston-globes-super-high-tech-globe-lab-dedicated-to-rolling-out-future-products-2011-9

5] Food for thought and future, searching on an ipad is no longer about a text box – from mashable: “Search on tablets will incorporate how you engage with your tablet’s touchscreen, front and back cameras and microphone. “Where are you looking? What are you seeing? How much time are you spending reading?,” he says as ways to imagine new avenues for search on tablets. The tablet, more so than other devices, can know enough about you to understand the context around your queries and give you better answers, he says. “Search becomes a unified experience on a tablet … a unified experience between our eyes, our ears and our cognitive processes.”
http://mashable.com/2011/09/13/tablets-changing-search/

Have a kick ass weekend:) I’ve taken up boxing and spent last weekend watching my hubby go round the garden throwing up in various spots because he went just that little bit too far….Hope it’s all dried up…our trainer gives us no mercy. Clearly. 

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UX off the desk top and into the real world

1] Barcelona design agency Fuelfor are tackling the humble hospital waiting rooms.  They’ve designed a series of concepts that take into account, patient and visitor feelings and mindsets, their needs and concerns and making the experience of ‘waiting’ that bit more bearable. This is fine example of life user experience:
http://www.dezeen.com/2011/08/29/rethinking-the-waiting-room-by-fuelfor/


2] Despite its perception as a technology that doesn’t quite deliver what it promised, industries want to take Augmented reality out of ad campaigns and into industry. Technology palm readers have postulated how augmented reality may be used to to help trim chicken, to solve crimes and of course, to educate children. 
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2011/08/augmented-reality-making-waves-in-the-tech-landscape.html

away from the machine, “and I come up to this Coca-Cola machine which was probably created before Facebook. How am I going to connect to this machine?
http://www.readwriteweb.com/enterprise/2011/08/analysis-are-we-ready-to-becom.php

These examples are of people, of life, of feelings and desires and things, all finally joining up. This is planet earth (no idea what the lyrics mean but i do like his shirt).