Mozilla Concept Series

By August 07, 2008 1 comment

Mozilla Labs is calling developers, designers, and everyone else for their "concept series," an initiative "to make it easy to contribute to the development of the online experience." The task is to create visions for the future of online activity and projects for Mozilla labs at large. Three project videos are already available online: a mobile Firefox from Aza Raskin, a bookmark and history GUI from Wei Zhou, and an all-purpose collaborative browser called Aurora. By far the most produced and didactic video, Aurora from Adaptive Path has an intuitive and extremely powerful interface. The browser analyzes the Pages and graphically-represented data, which become labeled groups floating in a 3-D environment. The Z-axis of the space points away from the user, representing time, and less recently used information starts to drift farther


Aurora (Part 1) from Adaptive Path on Vimeo.

Another Aurora feature is collaborative interaction: IM is integrated into the browsing experience, where one participant can navigate and point on the remote screen, with her own cursor marked by an avatar. The Voice Chat frees up more room for the browser accessible by special input device with a context-sensitive hand-cursor.

Wei Zhou's bookmarking and history system frees itself from browsers and creates its own environment. The dock is only visible when being used. Bookmarks organize themselves by category, or the user can choose to personalize her folders. Contextual searching in the history navigation allows web pages to be accessible not only by tags or date visited, but on more idiosyncratic criteria, such as location, weather or what album was being listened to.

Bookmarking and History Concept Video from Aza Raskin on Vimeo.

Firefox shifts to mobile by prioritizing real estate and minimizing typing. Designed for a single-touch screen, the screen is maximized for content, with physics-engine powered dragging and flicking for a discoverable navigation. Quick-action tabs make frequently-used functions more manageable. This concept, as well as all the others, are in early prototype form and will change dramatically as their release dates near.

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Aurora seems to open up a good deal of new possibilities... it'll be interesting to see what evolves from it.
This type of brainstorming session that Mozilla's inaugurated sounds like a great idea, too. Makes one wonder how much further the state of the internet experience could have developed up to this point if the bigger corporations had been encouraging this kind of thing all along. Introduce a little outside input and effectively increase the imaginary and creative power of your company's "brain" many times over. :)

Submitted by Alex (not verified) - on August 11, 2008 at 01:11 pm

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