Ping (zestyping) wrote,

alt.chi rundown

Among many other things, we heard about the DishMaker, a dishwasher-sized device that molds plastic into bowls and dishes as you need them (just toss your dishes into it when you're done, and it will melt the plastic down to be used again); experiments in using sensors and conductivity in fabric to use clothing as an interface; a graphics tablet on a table that can be lifted and lowered to yield a 3D sketching interface; and a gaze tracking system that examines video feeds to detect where everyone is looking so it can automatically edit the video together.

The star of the show, however, was the presentation on the Edible User Interfaces, which proposed "getting interfaces off the desktop and into our mouths, stomachs, and eventually colons." The problem with conventional interfaces:

Effective, but not particularly tasty.

A natural progression from GUI to TUI to... EUI!

The TasteScreen interface, which uses computer-controlled dispensers to drip flavouring agents onto your monitor. Effective, but not so practical for multi-user applications.

Also shown (though i didn't manage to get a picture of it) was the BeanCounter interface, in which the computer releases jellybeans from an upper container into a lower container upon calls to malloc(), and then dispenses them from the lower container upon calls to free() so that we programmers can be rewarded for our diligent programming practices.

The presenter, Dan Maynes-Aminzade, also mentioned a paper of his on quiche-based encryption. A result of the paper: 64-bite public quiches are insufficient; at least a 128-bite quiche is recommended.
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