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I recently heard about Irlen Syndrome, which apparently 12-15% of the population are affected by, according to Irlen UK. "The brain is unable to process full spectral light. This results in: a range of distortions in the environment, a range of distortions on the printed page, physical and behavioural symptoms."

At Glynd┼Ár University, hand-outs for students are often printed with black text on light blue or light peach coloured paper, so that it is easier for people with Irlen Syndrome to read. Black text on a white background can be more difficult to read.

This makes me wonder about the design of websites and software applications. People with Irlen Syndrome may have tinted glasses that help with looking at them anyway. Web browsers allow you to choose what colour you want the text and background of web pages to be. The Irlen UK website has a bar at the top which allows you to choose a different colour to be used on the website.

The software application I'm currently working on has the main box of text as black text on a light blue background, but users are not able to change the colours. The users are not likely to be concentrating on reading the screen for a long period of time and there isn't much text, so I think that it is okay as it is.
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I've been checking out some of the interface design books at the university library and have started to read Design Wise - A Guide for Evaluating the Interface Design of Information Resources by Alison J. Head. She quotes Steven Johnson, Interface Culture: How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create and Communicate:

'Where the Victorian novel shaped our understanding of the new towns wrapped around the steel mill and the cotton gin, and fifties television served as as imaginative guide to the new suburban enclaves created by the automobile, the interface makes the teeming, invisible world of zeros and ones sensible to us. There are few creative acts in modern life more significant than this one, and few with such broad social consequences.'
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Everyone seems to be playing foursquare today, a mobile location-based game. I want to play, but it's only available in 21 cities at the moment, and Wrexham unsurprisingly isn't one of them.

I also heard about openMIC #3 - Mobile Innovation Camp today, which is in Guildford on 4th November 2009 - "3rd in a series of un-conference for discussion, debate and development new mobile applications and mobile web services." This one has a theme of Location and Augmented Reality.
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Augmented reality seems to be becoming more of a reality recently, with various news articles about it being written every day, and applications starting to appear.

Here are a few links that I've saved to http://del.icio.us/crispjodi recently:

Augmented reality gets off to a wobbly start (New Scientist)
What's Augmented Reality's Killer App?(Technology Review)
Augmented Reality Apps For Your Cell Phone (Technology Review)
Your Cyborg Eye Will Talk To You (ReadWriteWeb)
Augmented Reality Soundwalk with Layar (Soundwalk)
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I'm currently reading Twisty Little Passages: An Approach to Interactive Fiction by Nick Montfort. I enjoyed reading Espen J. Aarseth's Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature, so am hoping Twisty Little Passages will also be enjoyable. So far it is making me want to play text adventures, even though I haven't played any in years.

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