005 History of computer graphical interfaces & the future of natural UI

In this episode of the Unusable Podcast, Andrew & David talk about the history of computer user interfaces and early computers, where UI is heading in the future with natural interfaces, and Andy has a frustrating experience with a parking machine.

Other things we discussed: * The Bombe * Why keyboards are QUERTY * Amiga Workbench GUI * The difficulty of having 2 Google Homes in the same room * Not all voice interface is natural UI * Mercedes’ voice control joke

Links mentioned: * The Bombe * Natural User Interfaces – What are they and how do you design user interfaces that feel natural? * Photos of the Xerox Alto computer with a portrait screen * Photos of the Amiga workbench GUI * A Short History of Computer User Interface Design

The Unusable podcast is presented by Andrew Waite & David Ball, who discuss the importance of user experience (UX) in technology & the world around us, & talk about great design that just works - or moan about it when it doesn’t.

Here’s the link to the episode: https://podcast.theunusable.com/podcasts/005-graphical-user-interface-history.mp3

Music is by Gold5472

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