Monday, August 15, 2005
Heading out to sea. . .
We decided to take one more week of vacation. We did not have too much chance to sail this summer with the baby and Ninas hectic studies. Now the timing was right. As I am still between jobs the best way to spend time is at sea. Later in the fall I start something new. And them there will be on time for holiday. I say Carpe Diem. . .
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Polar introduces Navi-key style UI
Today I played with my colleagues new Polar Running Computer the RS200d and to my delight I found that they had implemented an interpretation of the Navi-key UI. I have been of the opinion that it would work well on wearables and from my quick test my hypothesis seemed right. The move to adopt a Navi-key style UI on a wrist wearable is in my opinion a great move from Polar. It is in my opinion the best way to navigate a small UI, if one only can use buttons. The metaphor and the UI style is known from maybe 400 million phones, so it is quite likely that users can leverage past learnings.
This confirms the solid commitment I have seen from Polar to innovate in the field of small UI's. They have clearly understood what many of the Japanese watch companies fail to understand; without a common UI metaphor a sporadic user will not be able to master the device functionality. The same mistake has been done by, Polar rival, Suunto. I have heard several of my friends complain that they cannot use their Suunto's. I am sure that the new Suunto CEO Juha Pinomaa will fix it.
The implementation of a Navi-key style UI on a wearable poses interesting questions about IPR in the field of UI. I am not a IPR expert, but looking at the UI and the way it is implemented I say that this is very close to Nokia IPR. Regardless I am flattered, that they did it this way. I would probably have done like they, as I alluded in my Mobile Usability book on page 87.