Jecel Assumpcao Jr
jecel at merlintec.com
Wed Aug 27 01:55:17 UTC 2003
On Saturday 23 August 2003 22:05, Alan Kay wrote:
> This idea was in the notorious "Pendry Papers" that a bunch of us
> wrote at PARC in 1971, and then used in the "The Knowledge Navigator"
> "visionary video" that we did at Apple long ago. Dick Bolt (a
> terrific UI designer who worked for Nicholas in the heyday of ArchMac
> came up with many wonderful ways to use such a camera.
I liked the Knowledge Navigator video a lot. But the camera was facing
the user, like in a video phone. I am not surprised others had thought
of the user view camera, though. It is kind of an obvious idea.
> Yep, this is an old one that is still kicking around. That was the
> scheme I used in one of the double screen Dynabook designs. I still
> think this collection of features is a pretty nice alternative design
> center to the classical 1968 Dynabook design. There are many good
> drawer schemes around (Ike Nassi did a good one in a penbased system
> he did in a startup for an unnamed larger company).
I haven't seen cheap 8" displays that could be used for this, however.
There are some used one from old Toshiba machines that are on a special
sale for $89 each, but that isn't good enough for production. And the
number of colors is disappoining. I have seen new LCDs (Optrex and
Toshiba) for over $400 in single quantities, but they seemed to be
designed for industrial use.
This technology looks interesting: http://www.iridigm.com/
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