Razer’s Project Ariana

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There wasn’t a lot of things to get excited about at this year’s CES for me, but the Razer Ariana Projection System stood out:

Project Ariana projects an expanded view of a game on a wall to create a more immersive gaming experience. It’s based on Razer’s Chroma Lighting System. Microsoft presented a similar concept, Illumiroom, at CES 2013, but considering that was four years ago, I wouldn’t hold my breath for a commercial release version of that project. Hopefully Razer is more determined to bring Ariana to market.

Recommended Reading: Bots won’t replace apps. Better apps will replace apps.

I just read and enjoyed this:

Lately, everyone’s talking about “conversational UI.” It’s the next big thing. But the more articles I read on the topic, the more annoyed I get. It’s taken me so long to figure out why! Conversations, writes WIRED, can do things traditional GUIs can’t.

Read “Bots won’t replace apps. Better apps will replace apps.”

Superfluous Instructions in Apple Music App

The Apple Music app on iOS now displays an instructional card to tell users that they can scroll the viewport:

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When something that should be obvious isn’t, you don’t fix it by adding instructions. Instead, you accept that your design is bad and find a better solution.

As Donald Norman wrote in his seminal book The Design of Everyday Things: “Complex things may require explanation, but simple things should not.”

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Recommended Reading: Fake News

I just read and enjoyed this:

Between 2001 and 2003, Judith Miller wrote a number of pieces in the New York Times asserting that Iraq had the capability and the ambition to produce weapons of mass destruction. It was fake news. Looking back, it’s impossible to say with certainty what role Miller’s stories played in the U.S.

Read “Fake News”