InkSeine, Rethink your Ink!
If you don’t know what Microsoft Research does, go take a quick peek at their website. Microsoft Research is think tank at MSFT that explores, develops, designs, and tries to implement new technologies and thoughts. They are not harbored by having to make money. Its really just like a wonderful adult playground where your imagination is the only think stopping you.
They do some amazing work over there and some very interesting projects. They do everything from researching ways to display information, to ways to gather information from the bottom of the ocean. One thing I am particularly interested in is the project Ken Hinckley is working on, InkSiene.
Now the interesting aspects of this project are numerous, but he touches on some great things. Here is his list of features:
These are some of the cool features offered by InkSeine:
Blaze a super-fast trail by using radial menus for pen commands.
Just hover to preview the commands. Touch down in the center and
stroke towards the command you want to activate it.
Select existing ink right on the page to initiate a search. Create queries in the context of your notes to keep track of searches,
reuse them, or return to them later.
Easily find emails, documents, ink notes, or web pages without
leaving your notes.
Drag links to the documents and web pages you find right into your
and lots more…
I encourage everyone to go check it out and let me know what you think. To be honest, its not very often you get state of the art inking software for free, so go download and install it.
The interesting part about this is that Ken did this totally in a bubble based on user feedback. Rather than stick with the same methods as Windows, he went a different direction and innovated some remarkable things. I really like seeing something and thinking, “now that is smart.”
I currently have this running on a few machines to put it through its paces.