Cross-OS: HCI & UX Research
The best of iOS & macOS in a new Cross Platform OS!
HCI & UX research | Interaction Design | UI/UX Design | Prototyping | OS Development
This is part of a research I did about the evolution of Operating systems, HCI (Human-Computer interfaces), and user interfaces. I have also published an article named “Apple, it’s time to merge iOS with macOS” on StartUX and Medium), describing my research and the vision behind it with its benefits. The research was related to a Startup I have founded in 2014, without revealing details about the NUI/HCI device I’m developing.
My article was also covered by the media and Tech-Websites: Apple Sfera (Spanish), iFun.de (Deutsch) , Melamorsicata (Italian), Rocket Cafe (Chinese).
Related articles by Avi Barel:
Part 1 – Apple is going to reinvent the Modular Computer
Part 2 – Apple, it’s time to merge iOS with macOS
Part 3 – Your Smartphone vs. Your PC
Part 4 – iPhone vs. MacBook Pro
I’ve developed CrossOS by myself and based it on Ubuntu (Linux) and Gnome 3 Desktop (Open Source Project):
UX Screens & Mocks I made before implementing it on Linux
Feature 1 – Responsive OS
The OS adapts itself to the device and its screen size
Feature 2 – Multitasking
Inspired by 10/GUI but with a twist
Feature 3 – Better gestures
iOS without Home button: This is how I believe Apple should deal with the gesture UX challenges for iOS in order to make it consistent for iPads and iPhones. *Update*: This concept was made before the iPhoneX announcement! I still believe that Apple made a mistake with their inconsistent UX for iDevices…
As a Windows, macOS, and Linux user, I wanted to take some inspiration from Touch based Operating Systems and to implement the best of it on a Desktop Environments. So as a long time Mac user, I chose macOS and iOS, but the same principle can be applied on any other OS out there. Since I love design and UX challenges, and Open Source, I’ve decided to accomplish my experiment on a Linux Distro and Gnome 3 Project. I’m very happy with the end result. Not that I’m planning to develop my own Distro. So there’s no CrossOS Distro coming any time soon. 😉