mhuusko5 | Mathew Huusko V
Software and me.
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 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. Much of my work is related to how people physically interface with software experiences.
I like talking about my work, and my vision. But not my self.
Besides, I hear pictures are worth more.
Gestr | Launch apps and bookmarks on your Mac with multitouch trackpad drawings.
Tapr | Rapidly switch and preview apps on your Mac with multitouch trackpad taps.
Gestr iOS | Activate apps on your Jailbroken iOS device with multitouch drawings.
Spot that Artist | Quickly add artists’ discographies to your Spotify with your iPhone.
Fleeting | Spritz (speed read) any selectable text on your Jailbroken iOS device.
Knock | Trigger Activator events by tapping on the sides of your Jailbroken iOS device.
C.M.M.S.W. | Makes working with system wide multitouch events under Mac OS X sane.
C.M.G.R. | Makes storing/matching multistroke gestures in Objective-C trivial.
Ione | A fullscreen, Retina-enabled port of Sinuous for the Leap Motion platform.
Kemari | A Zen inspired, non-competitive ball game for the Leap Motion platform.
Buzz Kill | A retro arcade style mutant insect shooter for the Leap Motion platform.
iQueue | First app I ever released (as "Social Jukebox," since unreleased), years ago.
a step towards the natural desktop experience
Download for Mac OS X 10.7+
Gestr takes one of the things we do most on our Macs, launching/switching apps, and makes it both quick and personal. For the millions of Mac users with multitouch trackpads, it’s now possible to assign gestures/drawings that you create as the entry point to all of your apps.
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. Multitasking will no longer mean mousing over to Dock icons, or enacting special key commands – just drawing what feels natural.
Don't like reading? Watch a demo/tutorial.
a delightfully simple iOS 7 experience
Available on the App Store for iPhone
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 on your Mac
Download for Mac OS X 10.7+
Get to any of the nine applications you switch to most (give it a little time to learn!) on your Mac, with just two taps. A three finger tap on your trackpad to activate, and then a tap in the direction of the app you want to switch to, and you're 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.