Because architecture is (in my mind) about finding the most fitting solution to a company´s needs it is vital to stay up-to-date to new and exiting developments. Because of this reason I am always looking for new approaches of existing concepts that at least make you think about the possibilities these new approaches might offer.
I came across this TED video (4:43), where Anand Agarawala presents an alternative to ´the same old crap we´ve had for the last 30 years or so…”, a 3D desktop inspired by the real desk.
To cut the ´blabla´ factor, I want to share this different approach to managing your desktop. It piles, stacks, can create shelves etc, designed after a ´real physical desk´. Maybe not the future of the desktop, but at least entertaining and it explores the possibilities.
I´m working with it and like it, although there are still some stability improvements to be made (especially hibernation related).
Update: On April 30th, 2010 BumpTop was acquired by Google…and we have´nt heard from it again…