At this time last year, I was working with a team of extremely talented developers, designing and building the humane computing environment that Jef Raskin described in his book, The Humane Interface.
That project basically fell apart after Jef passed away (for a number of reasons), but some of the developers went on to start a company founded on the principles of humane computing. That company is Humanized.
Today, Humanized released their first product, Enso, which comes in two flavors, Launcher and Words.
Launcher gives you lightening fast, mouse-free access to launching your programs by making use of a quasi-mode that you invoke by pressing the caps lock key. Finally, caps lock does something useful!
Words is invoked in the same way, but it adds a spellcheck that works exactly the same in every program – even programs that don’t have spellcheck built in. Brilliant!
Both of the products do other things as well. I recommend checking out the demos on the Humanized site. You can also download trial versions of both products. You might also want to check out Walt Mossberg’s review of the products.
I’m very proud of what the guys at Humanized have accomplished in less than a year. They’ve carried on Jef Raskin’s work in a practical, accessible way that I’m sure will lead to some exciting innovations in both user interfaces and ways of interacting with your computer.
Side note: Some of the work we did is still available at the Raskin Center for Humane Interfaces website.