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The Vulcan UI vision

By now everybody in the little yellow bubble should have seen the Project Vulcan Demo:

But how would you explain it to a non-technical user? I use the following little story:
Just imagine one of your favorite artists performs at The Esplanade and you invested into some premium tickets. When you arrive a purser doesn't ask you for your ticket class, but asks: " How did you come here?" When you look astonished, he will continue: " If you came by car, please use entry A. If you came by bus, entry B is for you. Taxi passenger use entry C, while pedestrians please use entry D" - and these are the entries to the concert hall, not the building.
Silly isn't it? But that's exactly what we do with computers today: " If you arrived via SMTP, please show up in eMail. If you arrived via XMPP, show up in the chat client. If you arrived via RSS/ATOM please surface in the feed reader, etc.". Vulcan will put an end to this. First it will unify the application access and then arrange content by your criteria (from whom, what content, what priority, what project etc.) rather than distribution channel (which will be just one option).
Feel free to expand, remix and reuse this little story (and go buy some tickets)

Posted by on 21 November 2011 | Comments (2) | categories: Software


  1. posted by Mpoed on Tuesday 22 November 2011 AD:
    @1 - Agree - there will most likely be months and months of 'teasers' and when the product finally goes gold, the world would have moved on.
    Its tough being always in catch up mode!
  2. posted by Thomas on Tuesday 22 November 2011 AD:
    This looks great, but it might be at least 5 years too late. Imagine how powerful the Lotus brand would be if this had come out around 2005. Here's hoping that it's not too late.