My goal is to build a website where the user interface is able to let users browse without mouse. I want to minimize the constrains people encounter and broaden the means people use when browsing Internet.
I am a girl who loves technology and cosmetics. I always wear sun screen if going outdoors. So I need to use cleansing oil to remove the sun screen after coming back home. Yahoo! Taiwan News is my best friend in New York. I always receive my hometown news from it. Papa Johns' pizza and chicken wings are also my best friends in New York. When I use cleansing oil to remove the sun screen on my face or eating Buffalo chicken wings, I still keep browsing news online. However, I have to be very careful not to touch my mouse or touch panel with the oily fingers. I usually twisted my fingers with difficult and uncomfortable gestures to move the mouse cursor onto the right position to make the right action I wanted. Therefore, there has been a thought in my mind for a long time, which is "Is there any browser or website or any other tool that can make me enjoying Internet and Buffalo wings at the same time?"
In addition to my experience of beauty oil and the chicken wings, my father's online experience is one of the reasons I want to build "mouse-free" interface on website. My father is 65-year-old. He usually complained to me and my younger brothers that the text size of websites is too small before we helped him magnify the size from IE browser. However, the design of webpages is out of order. He has to tolerate the formless webpages. My father's experience reminds me that the web designers usually forget some groups of audience, such as elders, kids, or the disabled.
My audience or target users will be general web users. I do not think there is a limitation of users for my project. I am an Internet heavy user, I won't say the current designs of websites are all suitable for all conditions. My father is not an Internet sticker; he encountered some problems when he tried to use this 20th century technology. So, I think my target users are general Internet users, who are not afraid to see and use new, fresh things.
Core features and functionality
The core feature of "free your mouse" project will be as follows:
1) Use foot instead of hand
2) Website structure will be simplized to one layer on one page
3) Interface will be easy to be navigate for foot or other devices and controllers
What I plan to build
I plan to build a simple website with the new interface and structures which is suitable for not only mouse but also other controllers. In addition, I will use dance pad to replace mouse to be the controller.
I hope this concept could bring some new thoughts or impacts for current web designers and web owners. Also, Internet users could realize that they have the right to have better browsing experience.
Future plans and visuals
I look forward to bringing the "Free your mouse" concept to mobile phones and TVs. Mobile phones have much smaller screens than regular PCs. Besides, the interface of mobile phones themselves do not have "mouse". Thus, the web designs for mobile phones should be very different. The situation of TVs is the same; the interface of TV controllers does not have mouse or joystick. I consider the concept of "Free your hands" project can be a solution for mobile phones and TVs in the future.