[maemo-users] [maemo-users] RE: [maemo-developers] Future features for Maemo Desktop (TaskNavigator, Home, Status bar)?

From: Mathieu Lacage Mathieu.Lacage at sophia.inria.fr
Date: Mon Aug 21 18:50:31 EEST 2006
hi karoliina,

On Mon, 2006-08-21 at 16:02 +0300, Karoliina.T.Salminen at nokia.com wrote:
> I am still accepting feature ideas to my roadmap, so please keep on
> posting them on the list. What would you wish from your dream-device in
> terms of UI framework (Task Navigator, Home, Status bar, Control panel)?
> Is there something you would like to have done better or something that
> you'd like to have to be done in a completely different way? Don't limit
> your imagination to how e.g. Task Navigator works now, but think how it
> would ideally work, without the limits? What would be ultra-cool there?
> Please think it also out of context of the current hardware, you can
> suggest also ideas that would be nice on the platform despite they
> aren't really realistic with the current 770 hardware. Any cool ideas
> are warmly welcome.

1) the realistic stuff

Desktop should offer applet edge snapping

2) the more blue-sky stuff unrelated to what you asked but it is nice to
get to complain sometimes

As a user, I find myself getting really frustrated by the input
mechanisms available. Yes, the new on-screen keyboard is better but I
always end up typing stuff and then suddendly realize that one of the
letters I typed was not correctly entered (skipped or a nearby key).
Maybe something to do with the audio feedback. It just does not seem to
be right sometimes. Maybe something to do with the fact that there is
little (i.e., none) tactile feedback on hitting the keys. Maybe you
could add a sort of visible feedback upon key hit. Something like a fast
quickly fading expanding circle around the key hit to make sure that my
fingers do not hide the key color change.

Also, It feels like the form-factor of the keyboard on screen as it
related to the physical form factor of the device is not right: my hands
hurt quickly when I try to use the thumb keyboard because I feel like my
hands do not make a natural angle.

Ok so, I get really frustrated by this and, more generally, by the
design of the user interface which is basically just like a classic
point-and-click-with-mouse UI. I know this is great because you want to
leverage the existing GTK+ framework but it seems to me an awesome user
experience would come from a more radical redesign. 

An interesting idea for thumb-based UI was jackito
http://www.jackito-tda.com/what_is_jackito/overview.php but they seem to
have gone super-low-visibility after some OEM interest. My best guess is
that this privately-held company was bought by a larger vendor, nokia
maybe, who knows what sekret stuff is done there ;-)


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