Lessons Learned about NUI: NUI Assignment #8

In the course of designing my NUI musical instrument, I've encountered a number of valuable lessons about NUI design. This blog assignment covers some of the specific things I've learned, divided into the categories of "characteristics and limitations of specific NUI input technologies," "Low-level NUI design," and "High-level NUI design.…

Starting the Implementation: NUI Assignment #7

Note about this entry: I actually completed this blog post on Thursday evening, but I accidentally hit the "save draft" button instead of "publish." I hope that won't count against me too harshly with regards to the due date. I've now had two peer reviews of my instrument design concept,…

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…