Analysis of Prior Projects (NUI Assignment #6)

I am not the first person to consider turning a Leap Motion sensor into a theremin. As I mentioned in Assignment #4, there are a few prominent examples in both web apps and standalone apps. The standalone apps are harder to evaluate, both because they cost money to buy and…

Response to Design Studio #1 (NUI Assignment #5)

On September 25, I presented my idea for a theremin-inspired musical instrument that uses the Leap Motion controller in front of my Natural User Interfaces class. The primary concepts that I introduced during my five minutes were: Physical markers to aid with spatial location. The theremin has proximity-sensing antennae that…

Digging into Leap Motion Music (NUI Assignment #4)

Professor Bowman reviewed my initial proposal, which I wrote about in my previous entry, and he had some good questions and comments. I've considered what he had to say, and I'm documenting my thoughts and responses here. In response to my observations about the theremin's challenging learning curve, Professor Bowman…

NUI Project Concept (NUI Assignment #3)

The most significant assignment of the semester in the Natural User Interfaces class I am taking is the interface design project. This is my initial concept proposal. The theremin is a musical instrument that is operated without physical contact using proximity sensors. It creates an ethereal sound that was most…

Thoughts on Fictional UIs (NUI Assignment #2)

This week's Design Blog assignment was to watch and comment on a video entitled "How Do Fictional UIs Influence Today’s Motion Controls?", posted by the team responsible for the Leap Motion hand-sensing peripheral. I've read or watched a number of essays and videos on a similar theme, but this…

The State of Natural User Interfaces (NUI Assignment #1)

This semester, I am enrolled in a course titled "Natural User Interfaces." The course is taught by Professor Doug Bowman, a genius who is much better looking than his bio photo suggests. But enough of this shameless flattery! What is the point of all this blogging? Each week, he gives…