It’s been a tough few weeks as we relocated from the mothership/deathstar (Redmond) to Atlanta, but we’re settled in to our new home now. Here’s a teaser of some stuff in the pipeline.
Back in grad school in 2003 I was working with eye-tracking and studying the visual system. The power of the brain to stitch together tiny bits of high resolution information to create the conscious experience of vision is amazing and I dreamed up the visualization shown below:
The idea in this pic is that the user is looking, at a slightly zoomed out focal depth, at the firefox download page with a fixation at the point of the cursor. The foveal, or high resolution area, is perceived in color, while the periphery is lower resolution and black and white. You can view the subsequent zoom to max focal depth and scan to the download firefox button in this .mov or .mp4 (lower res).
Nodebox, a graphical programming tool for OSX, brought the implementation bar for this viz down far enough for it to make my quick hack list. Big props to a supportive forum community for helping me along. The results were compelling enough that I’ve reimplemented in Flash.
For now, I’ll leave you with the thought that the OSX and Mozilla community are somewhat similar in their (no cost tool) hackability and add-on model.