The TaskGallery is a running 3D research prototype user interface that expands the desktop into an entire office with an unlimited number of desktops. The screen becomes a long gallery with paintings on the walls that represent different tasks, and the user moves quickly and easily from one to another with a simple series of mouse and keyboard commands. We tried to make the illusion appeal to the lessons in navigating physical space that we learned as children, so that people would “get” the system intuitively without having to learn or adjust to it. The less people have to think about how to work their computer, the more mental energy they have left for their real work.
Unique features and innovations
Normal, unmodified windows application run inside 3D environment.
Customize layout of tasks and persist these layouts.
Files, documents, and applications shown as snapshots
Individualized layouts of tasks and documents uses spatial memory.
High-level navigation prevents users from getting lost in the 3D environment.