* GridBounce is a desktop environment involving rapidly zooming in and out of your files, into your files. All spread out on a table you see from afar. Instead of scrolling or clicking a taskbar.
* Rapidly Zoom in and out via our smart zoom presets, to navigate anywhere. Drag a sculpting tool from one app to another app. It feels natural to use on any screen size. What you're seeing isn't a huge Start Menu, it's an open workspace for lots of apps to be open at once. Apps are opened like other OS you've used, via a Favorite Apps menu.
* GridBounce is a table which you rapidly zoom in and out of. On this table are big zone shapes, fencing in your projects and open apps. Closed files are stored in folders and tags like any other interface. Closed apps are in a sleep mode, springing to life as you zoom onto them.
* GridBounce is a high-productivity desktop environment to compete with today's traditional flat Windows 3.0 era interfaces.
* GridBounce may compete with the Windows/Mac/Android desktops in the future.
* GridBounce is similar to a cartoony simplified GoogleMaps. If your display were GoogleMaps, a town would be an app. A building would be a file. A person would be the paint brush or editing tool.
* GridBounce is a desktop environment (simply putting it). Essentially a table you zoom in and out of, very rapidly. Vertical zooming, rather than scrolling around. On this table are all the elements of your usual computer experience, laid out for you to see from afar. Web browser, apps, notifications, system settings, etc. You zoom out to view all your apps at once.
My Concept Video (This is a must-see to understand how quickly zooming is).
A Vector Illustration I made in Feb 2014 (Click for Full View)
Using this Article
* This article is future oriented. Concepts mentioned here may not be readily available in today's common practice, hardware displays, or computer processors.
* This article examines ideas, concepts, and philosophies for future Operating Systems. What is most productive; what is optimal productivity in the future, and what computer interactions will get the most attention?
* At the moment, this article focuses mainly on the user interface and common practice, rather than the technicalities of future kernels/drivers/filesystems.
* This article may rarely refer to Zoom as magnification, leaping, jumping, or camera point of view.
* This article may rarely refer to App Zones as stain zones, territories, colored areas, magnetic zones, boundaries.
* This article may rarely refer to your Table as a desktop, map, cork board, or surface.
Instances of Zoom Navigation in the Present World
* Photoshop and 3D all sculpting software use zoom to navigate an image.
* Pinch to zoom on Phone Browsers.
* Pinch or Click to zoom on Google Earth.
* 3D House Tour camera.
* Video Games use rapid zoom on their smart camera, to crawl through tiny spaces. Many games zoom from First Person to Third Person quickly.
* GoogleMaps and GoogleEarth's interface is highly zoom oriented.
* Windows and other OS's have a mouse magnifier for the disabled.
* PC Browsers have a zoom feature for the disabled.
* Microsoft Surface™ Displays.
Navigation of Apps and Zooming
* Due to zooming in and out, your table can be seen on any typical screen form factor, be it a wristwatch or a large computer screen.
* Zoom Presets: Floor shows you an individual app. MidHeight shows you half the table. Ceiling shows you the whole table. Atmosphere shows you the public tables of your email contacts. Universe shows you the public tables of the entire Internet.
* Zoom Animation Speeds: Leap (very fast zooming) or Instant (no zoom animation, just shows you the zoom level you desire).
* GridBounce is screen size independent, because you're zooming in and out. It lives on your wristwatch, phone, and personal devices such as your computer.
* Zoom out of one app, and into the same file in another app, continuing to use the same paint brush.
* Zooming out: Camera jumps in straight lines to reduce eye strain. Jumping straight up to the big picture, bouncing off the ceiling down into your next app.
* An app is represented as a hollow circle or square, filled with your active file. Common editing tools and brushes sit on the outline of the shape.
* All installed apps are running in a sleeping mode until you zoom in to interact with them.
Magnetic Zones and Organization
* Note that your active projects are seen on GridBounce from afar (as black and white outlines), but your files are neatly stored away in folders and automatic tags. Your thousands of files are not scattered across your table. All your images are not forced to live in a Photo Organizer app.
* When zoomed out to see your entire table, you see the black and white outline of your active apps and projects. Your recent app list, also shows outlines of the apps.
* App Zones: Those wobbly blobs, are general recommended areas to do certain projects. A.I. makes app zones magnetic, so related projects slowly crawl toward recommended app zones. You barely notice the movement, more so as the hours pass.
* Reason for wobbly shaped app zones: Organic wobbly shapes help the brain with object recognition, and recalling what you were working on.
* Your table is everything you see when zoomed out. It's an organic experience where you choose where apps and files are stored. You can sort your table by unusually-strict zones, by app type, file type, but sorting isn't often needed on the overall table. Individual folders are auto sorted just like on Windows or Linux.
* Screen size is an issue of the past due to zooming in and out, yet you don't want your projects scattered out too far. On the same token, you don't want projects cluttered together. Apps live on a Start Page like any other OS, and open projects live in suggested App Zones.
* Tags allowing a file to be in multiple places.
* Your A.I is kind of like Apple Siri(TM), and offers optimization ideas for where to place projects and how other people go about similar tasks.
* Apps are portable, drag them from one app zone to another, or even another friends table. Closed apps hibernate into the Recent App list.
* Assign a Creeping Tag Magnet: Objects out in the open table, travel very slowly over time to tags they are related to. You notice this slow migration and nudge your magnet or the files.
* GridBounce is the next generation of rapid data interaction.
* GridBounce, your solution for poking about the latest digital world, from any device.
* GridBounce is built to be video streamed to your many devices. Some may wish to use GridBounce as a streaming service from the cloud, which offers excellent triple-backup and virus protection.
* There is also GridBounceOS, a related undeveloped project which may be built on Lubuntu OS.
* The tabletop is 16x9 inches, a good aspect ratio for human eyes. I mention inches as a unit of measurement for design calculations.
Misc Notes to Sort
* None at the moment.
Sources Cited * None, just playing with the zoom on my camera one day.