Watch Contour live at the desktop summit

From 6th to 12th August 2011 the desktop summit will be held in Berlin and Contour will be there as well 🙂

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Marco and I are going to hold a talk about Plasma Active and Contour, showing the current status of the development in a live demo (huh, risky!) and explaining the concept and technology behind it. So if you are interested in knowing more about the idea, the concept and the interface design, please attend on Monday, 8 August from 10:20-10:50 am at the Audimax. The developer part will be explained by Marco who will speak about the underlying technology and implementation of Plasma Active/Contour.


If you want to play with our Demo WeTabs, give feedback or even improve parts you think are crappy, please visit our Plasma Active workshop on Wednesday in Room 1.204, from 09-12 am.

See you there.

The idea behind Contour

What is Contour all about?

Well,  the Contour project wants to create a context-sensitive user interface. That means a UI that adapts to your current context, your current activities and your behavioral patterns. All this to create a smarter user experience that enables and helps you to fulfill your tasks more efficient and with more fun. Currently we are developing on ideapads and wetabs, but the final version is aimed to run cross-device like on tablet computers, media centers, smartphones etc.

What is the new thing about Contour?

Information + Actions = Activity

  • information on the system is connected with actions
  • the user chooses those activities instead of applications like on standard devices
  • the system learns and analyzes the usage patterns (actions and events) over time

Smart recommendations

  • the system provides dynamic data based on those patterns and on the current context
  • the analysis and rating of the actions happen over the whole timeline (past, present and future)
  • within that rating, big changes in the user’s behavior are taken into account as well


concept Contour

Context is defined by geo location, time, current activity, active files and applications, recent action history

Patterns are regular actions of the user in similar contexts

Activities are the static part of the user interface that contains resources, actions and applications

Recommendations are propositions for actions that are dynamically changing to context, based on the detected patterns

Interface Design?

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The answer how all this is actually presented in the UI, will give you the next postings. Curious people can already find out a bit more on our KDE page:

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Hi there,

this is the starting point of sharing thoughts, ideas, concepts and designs with you, and its all about Contour, the research project of KDE. Up from now I will post regularly about the process of creating a new user experience that will hopefully change a bit the way we work with devices and support the user in a way he never experienced before.

Normally users have to adapt to the system. They need to understand the systems behavior, the systems logic and how it is meant to be. We, from the Contour team, think, that its time to change that. We think its time to create a UX that supports the user in his way of thinking, organising and using mobile devices.

So, stay tuned and give feedback. Lets share ideas and create the next generation interface.