Leap Motion is an interesting take on an alternative input device. It essentially enables gesture based interaction with your computer. While I think there are a few more ergonomic issues to work out (ever play XBox Kinect for hours on end?) I think its a nice reminder that we are still exploring other ways to interface with devices of all types. The mouse and keyboard may never die anytime soon, but we’ll have additional ways to interact with devices as this kind of technology advances. (via Timothy Whalin)
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Some folks may have seen this video by now. It more elegantly articulates the message I was telling my colleagues the other day. The conversation was sparked because we were seeing a lot of UX designers posting their responses to Apple’s new iOS7 design… the catch is, these design critics had never even used the platform first-hand before dispensing their commentary. These judgements were based on a series of static images or a polished video at best. These kinds of public critiques are simply unfounded and quite frankly the very essence of mediocre armchair design.