Tag Archives: Boston University

Seeing Your Files in Three Dimension

3d1aThis kind of thing has got to be the future of files and folders so long as we have files and folders: the Innolab 3D File Manager from Adam Miezianko, Kristopher Rambish, Karen Fung, Zavnura Pingkan at Boston University. (Thanks, visualcomplexity.com)

This design is like a ferris wheel which organises contents by their relationships rather than their physical position on a hard drive. Each spiderweb thread marks the ties between folders holding contents related to the open file folder (center, in purple).

The file manager runs on Linux. It’s actually old: 2003, so something of a shame this kind of thing hasn’t caught on. The closest, I guess, is 3D Topicscape and perhaps WinFS, the storage system that was dropped from Vista back in 2004.

Podcast: Presence

Here’s another podcast of a piece I did for the BBC’s World Service ‘World Business Report’. This one’s on presence, a favorite topic of mine; Download it here.

(Thanks, BBC, for allowing me to republish it as a podcast. I’m told the WBR appears in the U.S. on WBUR and other stations in the NPR network, and in Australia on ABC Newsradio. I’m afraid I don’t know times but they’re all fine radio stations; I’d suggest listening to them 24/7.)