UX Links of the Week: 09.20.10 – 09.24.10

Great stuff this week -  the “VIA” that helps the visually impaired get around without the use of a walking stick, some great tips on quick and dirty card sorting data analysis, the future of the book and more.

Visually Impaired with Fine Hands

An elegant design worn on the hands, containing 4 mini cameras and a voice operated GPS receiver that combine to act as both a walking stick and a mapping system.

Yanko Design Website - Video for "VIA"

Yanko Design Website Featuring the Visually Impaired Assistant

Antetype – Prototyping Innovation

Yes, another application for user interface designers, but man does this one look awesome.  Sign up to participate in the private beta.  Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or later.

Antetype - Prototyping Innovation Website

Antetype Website

Dancing with the Cards: Quick-and-Dirty Analysis of Card-Sorting Data

“We discovered an effective, yet simple way of presenting our card-sort data and that demonstrated the value of the card-sorting method.”  Enough said…great article.

UX Matters - Quick-and-Dirty Analysis of Card-Sorting Data

Quick-and-Dirty Analysis of Card-Sorting Data by Shanshan Ma

Zoticus Design – Conceptual Video for Freescale Semiconductor

The day will definitely come, when touch screen walls become an option for home construction.  Why not mirrors as well?  If I had this thing in my bathroom, my shave time would increase significantly.  Great conceptual video.

Zoticus Design Conceptual Video

Zoticus Design Conceptual Video

The Future of the Book

IDEO has put out a video about the future of the book that explores three concepts: Nelson, Coupland, and Alice.  They envision innovative ways to change the way books are read.  I’ve got mixed feelings about this one, but still a great concept.

IDEO The Future of the Book

IDEO The Future of the Book Video on Vimeo

Steven Johnson – Where good ideas come from

Interesting talk by Steven Johnson, exploring where good ideas come from and discussing the types of environments that foster unique levels of innovation and creativity.   He puts forth the notion that an idea is not an individual moment occurring in a vacuum, rather an idea is a network.

Steven Johnson - Where good ideas come from

Steven Johnson - Where good ideas come from - TED Talk

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