Friday, October 10, 2008

ZuiPrezi and Kitchen Budapest




...because it is so freaking cool. And it hits me on many levels: I've always hated most presentations, let alone PowerPoint, that atrocity.
Slides are transparent photos you slide into machines. They are not the ideas.

The ideology of ZuiPrezi is based our natural knowledge on how to coordinate ourselves in space; traditionally all information we have had to process and store used to be linked to physical space. That is where our minds have developed good skills in orienting ourselves. Despite all this digital information today is mostly presented to us as a moniker of printed matter. Of course printing has served us well to store (and shape) information for the the last six centuries, however, with the wide appearance of computing we saw the same old pattern: old forms got translated to new media without exploring its full potential. Most of the computer systems which present us with information today use the old paradigm of prints and slides: arranging information on a framed 2d static space. We could argue that these (at least their forms) are merely the side effect of Gutenberg's galaxy.
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This sample presentation give a high-level overview of what it is about.

Here you can find another video and many sample preso's, including a walk through where you can play with the wonderfully intuitive creation interface.

This came out of Kitchen Budapest, a technology incubator very much like what I had dreamed Integration Research would become. Check out a ZuiPrezi presentation about Kitchen Budapest, and/or read more about them on their website (and be sure to check out their awesome "press" icon).