fusiongarage grid operating system
fusiongarage grid operating system fusiongarage grid operating system
aug 16, 2011

fusiongarage grid operating system

‘grid’ is an android-based operating system, featured on fusiongarage’s ‘grid4’ smartphone shown above and ‘grid10’ tablet

featured on the company’s ‘grid10‘ tablet and ‘grid4‘ smartphones, gridOS from fusiongarage is a operating system built on android, providing an intuitive user interface designed around a grid layout and wheel click navigation concept, while still supporting android apps.

the fluid layout of the homescreen is based on a large pannable gridspace. applications are primarily viewed on a split screen containing a left and/or top menu bar, with the applications running in the main space of the screen on a tile layout. a wheel-based interaction system facilitates cross-application browsing, permitting text to be highlighted and then with one click used to generate search results on wikipedia, map applications, media providers, and other sources.

demo of wheel-based interaction

apps are clustered by content. facebook and email accounts are all accessible via a multipane messaging section, and conversations with a particular person across platforms can be viewed together. the ‘heartbeat’ feature makes appointments, notifications, and new messages accessible from a single screen. each phone contact likewise functions as a centralized hub of messaging and social media notifications about the individual. browser-based video and group calling are built-in to the system.

exploration of the ‘contacts’ application

exploration of the ‘heartbeat’ notification interface

with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels over a 10.1-inch 4-point capacitive touchscreen, the wifi and bluetooth -ready ‘grid10’ features a 1.3-megapixel front camera, microSD slot, and build-in microphone and loudspeakers.

featuring a four-inch 480×800 pixel LCD screen, the ‘grid4’ contains no buttons other than a power switch, although it includes a front-facing 0.3-megapixel camera and rear 5-megapixel camera.

both devices are powered by dual-core processors: the tablet by the nvidia tegra 2 and the phone by a qualcomm snapdragon. both also feature a 3-axis gyroscope, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and GPS, while the smartphone also contains a magnetometer.

full view of ‘grid10’ in use

screenshots of ‘contacts’ application on ‘grid10’ and ‘grid4’

left: the embedded ‘grid map’ to the top right on the tile homescreen illustrates where on the wide pannable space of the screen the user currently is right: messaging center

left: lockscreen mode; right: image viewing

full-screen video

details on the wheel and other navigation features of the interface

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  • the logo is very 80s… or even 70s i’d say

    mostofus says:
  • too much eyecandy, takes focus away from the really good elements of UI…but it´s nice that there are other players in the game than apple, nokia and google.

    tooma says:
  • The entire interface regarding contacts is gorgeous. The rest I agree seems a bit busy. & while I don’t like the look of the wheel click, it’s a brilliant concept. Even here it is not executed badly in terms of design, I just would like to see it aesthetically a bit more attractive. All said and done there is some really smart thinking going on in this interface, and I hope some of the ideas make their way into a more streamlined release and into other OSs.

    Teodore says:
  • It’s an interesting idea that a grid defines an OS interaction, but most screens seem to break the grid, at least from a casual perspective.

    Aside from the layout, the biggest issue regarding usability is with the prioritization of visual elements. On pages like the message center, visual elements contain too much visual information (bold color, effects, gradients, etc). While these effects make each element very focused, it makes it very difficult to move my eye around the screen.

    Adam Glazier says:

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