mhuusko5 | Mathew Huusko V
Software. Software. Software.
I work full time engineering software at Black Duck Software. I wear a small hat at a big house at the intersection of open-source and enterprise. I take pride in being part of an effort to spread the appropriate use of open-source (something I couldn't live without) to individuals and large companies to help creative people collaborate.
I'm the engineering half of Illuminated Core Inc. As does my partner, Kevin Thompson, I wear a few different hats in order to make sure that what we produce is a meaningful distraction. I like being entertained, I like making software for entertainment, and I like it when that software entertains people.
I also create software independently, without a special title (or desk usually). I'm the mad hatter - I make and wear all the hats, from invention and concept creation to experience and interface design to creation of visual assets to engineering. I'm on a mission to do away with the traditional button/menu organized, cursor controlled, keyboard shortcut enhanced, desktop experience, and my target is Mac OS X.
I like talking about my work, and my vision. But not my self.
Besides, I hear pictures are worth more.
a step towards the natural desktop experience
Download for Mac OS X 10.7+
Launch applications/bookmarks on your Mac with trackpad gestures you define - a revolution in multitasking which leaves just natural touch between you and your applications - no folders, no keyboard shortcuts, and most importantly, no Dock! With your gestures assigned, all it takes is a four finger tap (UPDATE: with quickdraw mode enabled, you can draw with three fingers together, no activation tap necessary!) to make your trackpad your multitasking canvas! Download now to join the LOADING people who multitask differently. Or click to show a more expansive explanation.
Whether it be your on desk or lap, in your living room, or in front of your futuristic float-screen, you’re going to have to live with “desktop” (non-mobile) software for a long time. When you really want to consume, or create, you should be immersed in the experience - something that’s seldom achieved squinting at a four inch screen.
But then why is it that the four inch screens are getting all the innovation in interaction, with natural voice and gesture controlled interfaces, while the desktop experience seems doomed to be ruled by cursors, keystrokes, and menus? Mobile software is becoming more human. Desktop software should too.
Gestr is the first in a series of experiments embracing that sentiment. It takes one of the things we do most while using our computers - launching/switching between applications, and makes it touch gesture based. For the millions of Mac laptop or Magic Trackpad users, it is now possible to assign gestures as the entry point to all your applications - no more mousing over to Dock icons, or enacting special key commands – just drawing what feels natural.
Don't like reading? Watch a demo/tutorial.
a Spritz-like Action Menu plugin
Available on the Cydia Store for Jailbroken iOS 7
exactly like the original Gestr for Mac OS X
On Cydia for Jailbroken iOS 6+
a motion-controller obstacle avoidance game
Available on the Airspace Store
Ione (read "ion" or "Lone") was a weekend distraction - porting the already very fun game Sinuous to the Leap Motion platform. Surprisingly it's made its way to the "Featured Games" section on the Leap Motion Airspace Store. It turns out navigating a blue dot away from red dots with your finger is really addictive. Who knew?
You should just go play it. But you can watch a demo if you want.
the FASTEST way to multitask
Download for Mac OS X 10.7+
Get to any of the nine applications you switch to most on your Mac, with just two taps. A three finger tap on your trackpad to activate Tapr and you’re halfway there. Download now to join the LOADING people who multitask that bit faster. Or click to show a more expansive explanation.
When I was creating Gestr I hoped that by the end, I would never have to go into my applications folder, or the Dock again. That and more came true. Now in about all of my day’s computer activities, I never touch an application icon, a web bookmark, or type a url - I have a simple trackpad gesture assigned to everything.
But what if even simple gestures are overkill? What if you only use, on average, a handful of applications? What would be the simplest way, in the natural desktop mindset of being either touch or voice based, to get to those applications? I think it’s a tap.
While running, Tapr keeps track locally of your application usage and figures out which nine you go to the most. At any time, you can do a three finger tap on your trackpad to activate Tapr, which in hand shows those applications on screen in a dial formation. That dial corresponds to your trackpad, so tap on your trackpad where that application is on screen and you will instantly switch to it. It’s as fast and simple as application switching can get.
Watch the demo below - it's as quick as Tapr.
based on an ancient Japanese ball game
Available on the Google Chrome Web Store
Kemari was a ball game that gained popularity in the 13th century Asuka period in Japan. My Kemari wasn’t hundreds of years in the making (only a couple weeks), but it still holds similarities. It’s non-competitive - there is no winning or losing, or high scores. Playing Kemari is about relaxing and focusing for 60 seconds to maintain the balance of as many balls in the air as you can. You can play with your mouse, or if you’re progressive enough to have one, your Leap Motion controller.
Take a look below to watch me do my best at Kemari.