Alternative inputs for devices

Texting Is Too Slow? Draw Your Words!. “Instead of typing words on these ridiculous small keyboards, with the SHARK, an abbreviation for ShortHand-Aided Rapid Keyboarding, you use a grid and a stylus. The grid appears on the screen of your portable device. You put a stylus on the first letter of the word you want to type. Then you drag the stylus to draw a line connecting all the other letters of the word. When you release the stylus, the word appears almost magically.”

Usability In The News

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Tangible media

moo-pong. “…is a technology that allows people to capture, share and view video images using Tangible User Interface. When a camera captures video images, they are associated with physical tokens using RFID technology. “Users can edit and browse among moving images by dropping moo-balls into the moo-scope. Mirrors the in moo-scope produce visual effects like a kaleidoscope.”

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Ear recognition

Ear biometrics may beat face recognition. “Ears are remarkably consistent, he says. Unlike faces, they do not change shape with different expressions or age, and remain fixed in the middle of the side of the head against a predictable background. “Hair is a problem,” Nixon admits. “But that might be solved by using infrared images.”
New Scientist

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Foiling theft

New Retail System Peeks Under Shopping Carts. “Using visual pattern recognition – which considers the colors, shapes and images on the product but not its barcode or RFID tag – the system tries to identify the product and then automatically puts that product into the point-of-sale system. If it works, the item automatically appears on the display just as if its barcode had been scanned by hand”
CIO Insight

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eBay-like donating

Aid Recipients Might Have the Best Ideas About Allocation. “Their base of operations is GlobalGiving, a company they set up three years ago to use the Internet to connect small donors with worthy international aid projects. So far, they’ve raised more than $1.5 million from about 2,000 donors to finance all or part of about 400 small-scale projects. They’ve already built, ripped up and rebuilt a consumer-friendly Web site. And they’ve developed partnerships with dozens of nonprofit organizations around the world that vet all projects.”
Washington post

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