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Chameleon UI shows one possible future for Android skins

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Chameleon UI shows one possible future for Android skins
If you’ve ever taken a tablet in your hands and felt like its user interface can make you weep, you definitely need to watch this almost running prototype of the Chameleon UI. And a couple of tablet makers, as well.

Chameleon is more than a research project but it’s not yet a running prototype. What it does, though, is it sketches some brilliant ideas, spices them up with animations (which could be smoother but we’ll let this one fly by). 

The user interface is made by the folks at Teknision and expresses their belief that a tablet OS could do more than just serve a plain dish of apps and notifications. Instead of the “underutilized idea of home screens,” Chameleon uses contextual dashboards.

Those are collection of just the right widgets for the right circumstances and look gorgeous. They all update dynamically, with relevant information about time and location. The dashboards smartly change depending on where and when the user is - a simple yet brilliant idea.

The experience is a step away from today’s realities but it definitely looks a bit surreal, so get your fix of technological optimism in the video below, spruced up with a fancy soundtrack. Also, don't hesitate to let us know which manufacturers you think would benefit most from changing their graphical skins in the comments below.

source: Teknision via Droid-life

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posted on 15 Mar 2012, 10:34 4

1. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


looking forward to this..

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 10:40

2. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


Haven't they been working on this for about 2 years?

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 10:43 2

3. greathero1 (Posts: 472; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


Looks cool and very intuitive.

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 10:59 1

4. kamejoko (Posts: 108; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)


Plz! use GPU for smooth. With Demo I see lag...

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 11:02 14

5. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Patent it! Before Apple find out about it

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 12:25

7. shadez10 (Posts: 402; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


its a bit laggy but cool to look at...

it looks like the combination of MeeGo tablet UI and Windows 8... xD

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 14:13

14. Guest_star (Posts: 231; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)


read the text it is a working prototype, it will get smoother and better

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 14:22 5

15. the_s2 (Posts: 206; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


mister icloud? where did you come from all of a sudden? you fell from the icloudy sky? Take a piss, say your daily prayers to Jobs, and go to bed.

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 15:48 1

22. Guest_star (Posts: 231; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)


successful troll is successful :D I love the way that Android fans and Apple fans go at each others throat all the time, idiots...

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 18:08

28. a961009 (Posts: 114; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)


It is soooooo funny that he owns galaxy s2 and he said that android owners are poor kkkkkkk

You made me laugh and laugh and laugh.

Pls don't make me laugh kk

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 19:21 2

39. Whateverman (Posts: 3198; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Even if this already laggy UI ran on Dounut it would still be better then iOS. The blocks just get really boring. And apps seem to be the great equalizer, meaning once you fill you iPad with apps and music, the performance comes to a screeching halt. It becomes really slow, it lags and don't get me started on the CONSTANT force closes! That said, I still like my iPad. It's still great for web browsing and YouTube, but I can't wait for the Note 10.1 to be released.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 01:12

41. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


It's nice but a little confusing

posted on 16 May 2012, 13:54

42. jpburdett (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Hi there just a quick update and some good news to share - Chameleon has become a Kickstarter project - check it out here.http://kck.st/Kt62TM

Cheers

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