HAPTICS!

hap·tic  (hptk)

adj.

Of or relating to the sense of touch; tactile.

[Greek haptikos, from haptesthaito grasp, touch.]

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haptics

Keyboards, mice, pointers, touchscreens, fingers, — sensations? This appears to be where mobile technology is headed. Haptics. Nowadays its rude to keep your ringer on in a public place and you don’t look much better reaching for you phone every time it vibrates just to see who it may be calling or texting. What if you could tell your phone to feel like a beating heart if it is your spouse calling so you will immediately know that you need to take that particular call? It’s coming.

Have you ever been guilty of “fat-fingering” a message – or perhaps thinking you sent a message only to see it still sitting in the text field when you go to check how long ago you THINK you sent it while wondering why they haven’t responded? There is hope for that my friends! Haptics can create a sensory field around the keys and also provide a stimulus to let you know that the SEND button was actually pressed or that you have your finger on the right key. It’s coming.

Emoticons – fun stuff. But – what if you could select a special ‘hapticon’ that would allow the person you are communicating with to FEEL the emotion you want to convey. It’s coming.

Check out some of the great uses for haptics offered by Immersion for developers: Haptic Applications for Mobile Devices. The future of touchscreens is quite exciting.

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Color Connection

In the past, it has always been a labor of love to choose the colors I wanted to incorporate into any of the web sites I’ve worked on. Usually they would come from an image that was being incorporated, but still I would have to decide on a variety of other color options that would compliment the site and not turn it into a rainbow circus.

Recently, I stumbled upon (okay, a co-worker told me about this little gem) a fantastic site to really get your creative, colorful juices flowing. KULER (pronounced “COOLER” in the circles I run) is a fantastic way to build a palette for any type of creative endeavor.

Enter a color (by name, HEX, RGB, etc.) and it will generate a list of themes to choose from or you can build your own. Find one you like? Click on the box next to the theme name with the arrows in it arrows and you can see the codes for each color in the set. Do you have an Adobe ID already? Log in and you can create and save themes of your own.

This little gem opened up a whole new colorful world to me (Thanks, Will!)

Self-Promotion

Today I’m simply going to plug my own stuff. I had the opportunity to create not only one – but two websites for Guilds for which I have been a member. I went all out with the first one, custom graphics, of course, including the image that padded the site, each section header, and even a link to our version of a ‘forum’ which I created using WordPress. I painstakingly created a matching skin for the WordPress blog to provide what appeared to be a seamless integration between the basic HTML site and the blog/forum portion. This guild was eventually disbanded after being essentially hijacked, so the navigation has been removed, but I mostly wanted to share the graphical portions with you for these sites. I was very pleased with the original header created for Death Lotus:

DeathLotus Custom Header

To view the full versions of either site, check out http://757web.com/deathlotus or http://www.757web.com/imperial/

Fun with CSS

For starters, I have to talk about a site I was introduced to years ago that amazed me and really showcases the power of CSS. If you’re a web designer/developer and haven’t checked out csszengarden, I completely recommend it. They basically provided a generic page of content and tasked participants with creating a unique page using only CSS to set the layout. Make sure to pay them a visit and check out some of the amazing designs that have been posted.