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Video: Cool Custom “Bubble” UI for MeeGo on NoteBook/Tablet Lenovo IdeaPad and Nokia N900

This is a wonderful UI paradigm by Digia and quite innovative. In this underwater theme, you have these set of 3D bubbles that we’d otherwise associate with icons. And hey – the circle icon surround actually works in this concept (as opposed to the now over used squircle). These icons populate the screen with yet more contextual bubbles when touched, e.g. hit contact bubble and get more contacts. These bubbles live on a 3D panoramic seabed. Though you are swiping left to right, it seems as though you’re not simply moving horizontally but rotating about a fixed point (which is a nice change). These Bubbles can also then be moved behind (looking smaller) or towards the foreground.

This cool custom UI is demonstrated on the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t Netbook/Tablet hybrid and the Nokia N900. It’s great seeing this work on the big screen as well as the smaller mobile display. The N900 looks less responsive to touch though that might be due to to the IdeaPads feather touch capacitive and the pressure touch resistive on N900 (as often seen, resistive screens are also responsive it’s just that folk apply the same pressure as capacitive and thus such input is not registered).

What’s cooler still is that Digia claim it took one developer just one month to create this and shows the fast software development cycle and ease of use that attracted them to MeeGo.

About Digia (from Wikipedia)

Digia Plc (formerly SYSOPENDIGIA) is a Finnish software company quoted on the Helsinki Stock Exchange, and is listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki (DIG1V). Digia’s main business areas are enterprise systems and mobile applications. The company has about 1 500 employees in Finland, Sweden, Russia and China.

The company is headquartered (Digia Tower) is located in Helsinki Pitäjänmäki.

Digia Plc’s head office in Helsinki, Finland.

SysOpen founded in 1990. It grew rapidly through acquisitions in the millennium in what way. SysOpen Corporation and was founded in 1997 Digia Oy merged 4 March 2005 SYSOPENDIGIA Plc. In summer 2006, SYSOPENDIGIA Corporation acquired the integration and production control software for manufacturing Sentera Plc n. Sentera’s business was merged into SysOpen Digia in the autumn of 2006. 26. March 2007, the company name was changed to SYSOPENDIGIA Plc. The company changed its name to Digiaksi 17.3.2008.

Digia has a history with Nokia, developing Symbian and Maemo Browsers as well as Qt Based cross platform Future UIs. One of the strong things emphasised from Qt Quick is the focus now on just how the UI should look like rather than how to get it done (allowing designers to be part of the development process) creating the concepts with the help of the developer.

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  1. Jim
    November 25, 2010 at 8:12 am

    interesting idea

  2. as21ro
    November 25, 2010 at 9:21 am

    is looking amazing!

  3. alex68
    November 25, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Digia and another Ixonos (recently there was Meego phone concept UI design) are the two of three Nokia’s major Finnish subcontractors.

  4. Solomon
    November 25, 2010 at 10:24 am

    what this woman should have stressed was that this was donw in Qt instead of saying MeeGo. She’s also shooting Symbian and her own company in the foot since Qt applications work on Symbian as well.

    These Finnish companies should really employ better English-speaking marketing people even for developer events.

  5. Cod3rror
    November 25, 2010 at 11:48 am


    iPhone and Android are good examples of proper amount of eye candy. It should be pleasant to navigate menus and options with quick animations that don’t get in the way.

    Am I the only that thinks those bubbles would become incredibly annoying after a little while?

    • Jim
      November 25, 2010 at 11:50 am

      yes. it’s not a practical menu. to me it’s more like a demo ui to see what that company can do.

    • Rant
      November 25, 2010 at 1:15 pm

      Indeed, overdone and far from useable in the current UI acceptance we live in. However, it does show what is possible. Same with concept cars, not real usefull in our daily life, but it is only done to see what people like and take those style cues into mass-market implementations.
      I kind of see this UI stuff in the same way eventhough I do believe that we should stop with the crazy UI (read over excessive eye candy) stuff. Just make more efficient products that last longer on a charge for example.

    • November 25, 2010 at 6:24 pm

      iPhone is overdone, too. Symbian was and always will have the most simplistic menu that doesn’t trade away settings and options too.

      It’s a fine balance, one I don’t think any company has done right yet. I’d like something simple by default, but with an “Advanced” view for every individual menu that allows me to Add/Remove options for each screen. By default, it’s simple for the morons who can’t even turn on the device, but for those of us who want more, we have that, too.

      Take the bubbles for example, instead of saying how annoying they could get and leaving it at that, why not also question if there is a setting to turn them off? Or maybe the bubbles are going to indicate activity in the finished product? That would be cool, especially if you could turn them On/Off per bubble, and not just “All On” or “All Off”

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