Month: January 2016

Fahrenheit Video

The Fahrenheit video definitely  had some good content but there were a couple of things that needed some changing.

First of all, I thought that the transitions cut off some of the audio in each of the clips. This could be a problem because if it was something important, it was difficult for the listener to decipher.

Also the video felt slightly disorganized but this is to be expected for a first draft.

Overall I thought the video layed a good foundation for the possibility of future projects.


Writing Problem 2-0

TUIs and GUIs are similar in many ways but their differences are usually what makes a user pick one over another. TUIs are usually more easy to learn and adapt while GUIs may take some getting used to. However, a user that prefers an abundance of features may go for a GUI because of its ability to house more options than the common 3.5 inch screen that TUI comes on. These differences haven’t stopped engineers at large tech companies to combine the two. The Microsoft Surface is a great example of the combination of a TUI and a GUI. It has both a removable keyboard and trackpad, as well as a useful touchscreen that some users may find easier to interact with. GUIs and TUIs share many features as well. A mouse, at its most basic level, is simply an emulator for your hand. Back when the technology didn’t exist for touchscreens mouses were an easier option for the everyday consumer. Nowadays, with the invention of extremely accurate touch screens, the need for physical keyboards and mouses is decreasing. This doesn’t stop the majority of people from owning a home computer or laptop with a full sized keyboard and mouse/trackpad. TUIs usually fall short when it comes to typing because some might find it more difficult to press tiny keys than to actually touch a physical keyboard. TUIs and GUIs are essentially becoming one type of interface, with the implementation of 2-in-1s like the aforementioned Microsoft Surface. A user might be more comfortable having both TUI and GUI options than just one or the other. Most consumers are used to both and enjoy each one for their own unique reasons, so when 2-in-1s hit the market the consumer reacted accordingly. Although TUIs are more commonly used because of their availability (like being right in our pocket), one cannot forget the feeling of using an actual keyboard and mouse.

Interfaces have been evolving dramatically, especially over the past half decade. While TUIs are getting more accurate every day, the invention of VUIs has allowed us to do things we couldn’t imagine a few decades ago. All these interfaces are a lot, however, so what’s next? My prediction is that we will likely end up with a device that brings a lot of these UIs together. Instead of having separate devices for different UIs we may have one device that is capable of supporting all, (or at least most, of them. We can already kind of see this with the average smartphone. Most of them already have support for both VUIs, TUIs, and for some even a GUI. I wouldn’t be surprised if technology evolved so that we only needed one device. This device may be capable of having the same features as a phone, as well as a computer, game console, or TV. This kind of technology may be way far off but with Smartphones, 2-in-1s, and computer powered TVs we can already see the foundations of it. f this trend continues we may only need to carry around one device that is capable of doing everything we need it to do.