Timeline: Google News

Temporal search took a big step forward yesterday with the announcement from Andy Hertzfeld of the launch of News Timeline on Google Labs. This is exactly the kind of thing I'm trying to build in Flash so it's exciting to see Google's take on it. The interface is built in javascript and HTML and is similar to the sideways scrolling Simile Timeline used in other Google projects. Temporally related search results are displayed in columns within a zoomable, graphical timeline. Historical data can...

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Time machine user interfaces: Back to the future

Back to the Future (1985) User interface: Delorean Doc Brown's Delorean is hands down the coolest time machine ever. All that and a sensible user interface. Okay the time control circuits only take Gregorian dates but I'm not going to nitpick - I want one! All you need now is to get 1.21 Gigawatts of power and hit 88mph! For a full tour of the systems inside a replica Delorean check out this great video from BTTFParts....

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Timeline: Google TimeMap

Nick Rabinowitz, a Grad student at UC Berkeley School of Information, posted an interesting announcement on the Google Geo Developer blog this morning. Google TimeMap is a Javascript API for working with geo-temporal data.  It combines Google Maps with the excellent SIMILE Timeline and wraps them into a single API. The library supports both JSON and KML data. The example above shows the lifespans and geographical locations of major figures of the Renaissance. Click through the image to see it...

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Time machine user interfaces: Quantum Leap

Quantum Leap (1989 - 1993) User Interface: The Handlink It's not quite an iPhone, more of a pocket calculator glued to some Lego, but at least the Handlink appears to have some sort of user interface. Having spent the first 6 months of this year battling the UI on a bottom-of-the-range LG handset, I'm sure it couldn't be any worse than that....

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