Have you ever thought of being able to manipulate Apple iTunes while processing documents on MS Word? This may not seem an impossible idea, as researchers from UW (University of Washington) have already been working on a particular IT project that will allow open sourcing of all proprietary software.
Apple and Microsoft may not expose everything but the fact that both are generating programs for pixel resolution on screen is a good start for manipulating their programs and has them open source.
Each screen display is composed of blocks of codes that are prefabricated and seen time and again every 20 times in one second or so. The analogy is explained by the professor as compared to the HTML. We can all see the HTML, he said. But seeing it on the desktop may seem impossible. A certain web page may show the Google map, or a video from You Tube but creating those similar stuffs using standard computer programs is a hard task to accomplish.
The UW professor Fogarty and a computer science and engineering doctoral student, Dixon has for two years been on the works on this Prefab.
Prefab’s main program is said to be already done. But developments are still in the process for additional options as well as for commercializing Prefab. Dixon stated that the concept behind Prefab is for the user to be able to use a personally preferred program and still be able to incorporate features from another program, therefore providing a user interface that is fused and cohesive.
Prefab, mainly does not work on a program’s source code, because it cannot see the codes from the proprietary software. It only does manipulation and combination of component seen on the screen. Check out this video..
From examples shown to illustrate how Prefab works particularly on a video that utilizes pointing techniques for target awareness or focus. The partners showed a bubble cursor that may be sized to dynamically include and capture the nearby object. Instead of clicking on a button, the user is allowed to just work the bubble cursor within the button surrounding area. This is one application that is definitely advantageous to disabled individuals.
Prefab can basically add the bubble cursor to any and all applications. It is done by copying the pixels straight from the source window.
On April 14, Prefab is planned to be presented at the Computer Human Interface conference in Atlanta.