The idea is that anyone can add, edit or delete labels to describe segments of audio – in this case the Radio 4 programme All in the Mind. The hope is that if people create labels then it will make it much easier for others to find and navigate our radio programmes by letting you skip between the segments, filter by tags and read other people’s annotations.
As others have noted the UX design of most, nay all, DVD navigation leaves a lot to be desired; it’s therefore interesting to see the next generation of Apple’s DVD player might ease some of the problems, as discussed on AppleInsider:
“DVD Player 5.0 captures a screenshot of each chapter that it then displays in the new fullscreen navigation interface, which runs horizontal across the top of running flicks, fading in and out on the user’s cue.”
The iPhone looks just great – Apple have obviously spent a lot of time working on the iPhone’s UX. There are numerous features, both big and small (like slide to unlock), that I’m sure will make it a great device to use.
It is a great example of how art and engineering should come together to create a lovely piece of technology, I for one can’t wait for it to be launched in the UK.
But as lovely as it is I would like Apple to release an upgraded 80GB iPod with iPhone’s nice big multitouch screen, built in photo management software, camera etc.; but without the phone bit.
You see – I don’t want to always carry around a big ‘smart phone’; I like my mobile phone to be small, with great battery life. But I also want a better iPod to access my music, photos and video and it would be nice if it also had a good built in camera.
The trouble is I’m sure they won’t because of the price point of the iPhone ($499 & $599) vs the iPods ($249 & $349) means there isn’t room for such a device.