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SpaceTime: 3D browsing comes alive!


Web browsing experience goes 3D with SpaceTime's application that lets you walk, slide, examine, pan, fly, or jump in a sea of floating windows as you shop on eBay, look for photos on Flickr, or just do a search on Google or Yahoo!

A revolutionary online browsing experience that makes the Web a truly immersive world, the SpaceTime interface has three key modes: 3-D Search, 3-D eBay Search, and 3-D Tabbed Browsing.

Excerpt from the MIT published Technology Review:

SpaceTime is part of a trend to take advantage of the massive amount of memory that's available in today's standard computers. Software designers are able to build graphical bells and whistles into applications, thanks to the steady increase in computing power with each successive generation of processor. For the most part, says CEO Edward Bakhash, high-powered graphics chips are used to "beautify what you see, to make a video game more realistic, or add more lighting effects." With SpaceTime, he says, "we take that power and give the user more utility."

What are the recommended requirements to try out this 3D browser?

  • OS: Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista (Mac version not there yet)
  • Minimum RAM : 512 MB
  • Minimum Video RAM : 128 MB
  • Processor: Pentium 4 (2.4GHz) or AMD 2400xp+
  • Screen resolution: 1280x1024
  • Connection Type: Better than Dial-up. DSL or Cable modem is a definite go!

For more news:

SpaceTime offers 3D Web browsing (Geek.com)

SpaceTime Reinvents Searching the Web (TechWhack)

SpaceTime Browser Adds New Dimension to Search (TechNewsWorld)

Download the SpaceTime application here.

Yes, this software is resource hungry, but it augurs well for Web browsing where the shift to more absorbing and productive user interfaces invigorates user experience, not to mention the availability of more processing and memory power. Share your experience.

6 comments
d_baron
d_baron

Thanks a bunch. ONLY windows, need 2.4ghz processor. Guess I am still stuck with Mozilla since I cannot try Godzilla :-)

amj2010
amj2010

Full Blown Browser... wouldn't be nice if it was a full blown web browser like IE7, Firefox and the lot? Now there is no 'Favourites' or 'History' etc. Come on you guys of Microsoft, gobble up this one, you're good at that, that's for sure..

pr.arun
pr.arun

How was your experience with the SpaceTime browser and do you think it revolutionarises user experience?

pr.arun
pr.arun

I am sure that many users will not be trying it owing to the high resource requirement, but the technology provides a web browsing experience akin to a 3D video game. Now, the high requirement would need more processing power to sustain the refresh rates. I think incourse of time this may be a turn that most browsers will take.

jasocher
jasocher

This is really pretty neat, but I don't want to have to deal with another browser. If it were a plug-in for Firefox and/or IE, I'd be all over it in a heartbeat.

LStewart
LStewart

This is more of just a fancy GUI for IE. When you get into a web page right click on it and compare the alt menu with what you have in IE. I have yet to find any difference. If that is all SpaceTime is going to be doing, as the very least it should utilize what ever browser is set as the system default (Firefox in my case). Now I understand that this is still a beta product but there are some very BIG items missing: 1. First and foremost, I was under the impression that you would be able to use a web page while in the "3D Browsing" mode, but no this unfortunately is only a screen shot of the page requested. If you really want to WOW someone, don't do like Microsoft and spruce up an old product and say "Hey look at what we did and love us!!!" Make is so that the pages are fully interactive and don't have to be doubleclicked on and isolated into IE (or other browser) functionality to be used. 2. The ability to go back a page with the Backspace key and the ability to go forward a page with the Alt + right arrow. Both of these functions are highly used (in my experience at least) and necessary to smooth functionality. 3. Where is the ability to Ctrl + Tab between the pages I have open when I have one page that I am working on??? As it is now, I have to click on the "Go Back" button and then Ctrl + Tab or mouse scroll to the page I want and then double click on it. ****Now the Show Stoppers*** 1. The lack of access to Favorites when on a web page. This is almost totally gone and a real show stopper. You can either close out of the page that you are currently on, then right click the SpaceTime and then go to the Favorites section or dedicate 1/6th of your screen(if you have a 19" widescreen LCD running 1280/1024 res), more if you run a lower resolution. 2. The biggest show stopper of all!!!! Want to go to a different web page? You can with SpaceTime, but it is a chore. If you are browsing a page, you have to: 1. Again dedicate screen space to having that menu open, 2. Close down the window that you are on scroll over to the window you want, or 3. Type in an address in the bar, wait for the GUI to pull up its screen print of the page, then double click on it and continue on. Call me crazy but this is something that has really, really poor execution. Come on guys give us a great effort instead of half assed!!!!

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