MenuCube is a four-sided menu navigation interface.
In this experiment, we decided to start with a simple geometry, the cube. We played with ways to map values to the different sides of the object to allow for easy, intuitive menu navigation.
The cube’s geometry lends itself to a simple interaction of switching among values by flipping it onto one of four faces – we saved two faces for an LED matrix display that can be seen by the user, and perhaps others nearby. Turning the cube switches to the next option in a menu list.
Our first application lets someone choose and display a status by selecting a facial expression (happy, sad, neutral… and excited).
Though we started with the face, we envision many possible applications, such as:
• Switching time zones (particularly useful when you have studios in three time zones like Smart does)
• Changing Mac OS spaces
• Navigating through favorited websites
• Navigating favorite TV or Pandora stations