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Part II: Tomorrow’s Technology > Using New Visual Interfaces: 3D Desktops

Chapter 41. Using New Visual Interfaces: 3D Desktops

The screen is the primary way in which we communicate with the computer in day-to-day activities. These activities typically involve actions such as reading, writing, managing and organizing-content, interacting with others, and receiving notifications related to emails, instant messaging, alerts, and appointments. One of the issues over the past several years has been the ever-increasing stream of information flow in the form of notifications that have the potential to distract us from our primary work activities. A constant flood of email alerts and other forms of notification throughout the day can be a large distraction for most knowledge workers as well as for general PC users.

Several major companies such as IBM and Microsoft, together with numerous startups, are looking into new ways to present information onscreen and maximize the quality of information conveyed while minimizing end-user effort. If smarter visual interfaces that can present more information more rapidly, or in a more accessible manner, can be developed, productivity and general ease-of-use could be significantly affected.


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