Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Usability on the Enterprise

Yelling status and instructions on a starship bridge seems too inefficient as a way to run a starship. It's good for the audience, but if you have to waste eight seconds in the heat of battle to hear an officer read out the numbers of which decks are leaking atmosphere, then bark back to seal them off, you're going to lose because meanwhile the hostile aliens are still firing. Someone needs to do a usability study on starship bridges and how to run them efficiently.

Mokalus of Borg

PS - Better data visualisation would be a start.
PPS - And improved command interfaces too.

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