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RIM working with YOU i Labs to bring the UI to the next level?

RIM and YOU i Labs
By Ryan Blundell on 14 Jun 2011 12:03 pm EDT

It looks like RIM is reaching out to YOU i Labs in an effort to develop the UI or future smartphones and tablets. YOU i Labs is a Canadian company that is responsible for building “inspirational user interfaces” – prodiving a natural UI framework and software services. The result is an incredibly smooth and interactive experience to start. According to their website, roughly 500 million devices in the market are running YOU i Labs developed software; could BlackBerry be added to that list? A low rumbling of rumours in the intertubes suggests a partnering between RIM and YOU i Labs.

Some of the products of YOU i Labs includes uSwish – a graphical UI platform that supports Haptics, Multi-touch, Gestures, Physics and Stereoscopic 3D. A look at the Embedded OS support list reveals that it includes QNX (hmm). Another product is isGPU (Intelligent Software Graphics Processor Unit) which is a set of libraries for 3D and 2D graphics. It brings the benefit of amazing rendering power over OS /platforms graphics support. For developers and hardware manufacturers, it gives them an OS independent graphic solution (lessening app porting costs and marketing time). Coincidently QNX is also supported (double hmm).

Now check this out – the PlayBook UI was designed by Teknision; another Canadian company which also works with YOU i Labs (triple hmm). Could these be the pieces falling into place that will allow us to see QNX powering BlackBerry smartphones? Last year, RIM acquired TAT with hopes to strengthen the design of its UI. If RIM is looking to compete with other devices /tablets (and hopefully silence critics) with a truly unique interface and experience then this partnership may be a step in the right direction.

Source: GIGAOM

Reader comments

RIM working with YOU i Labs to bring the UI to the next level?


Any evidence of TAT's influence on RIM's usability? Seen all the videos of cool concepts but wondering when we'll see them, you know, actually in a RIM product? Or have some TAT apps/UI concepts already been incorporated into the Playbook?

Is it just me, or does "YOU i" seem like it should be the name of the interface for the Wii U?

I will probably be dead by the time RIM gets these to market. May be good ideas, but they need to learn to be faster with their innovations. I would rather they sold me a phone that is up-gradable to the new software's, than by the Monaco that will be obsolete in a year when ONX phones come out.

Let's see...

-claiming the impending death of RIM - Check
-whining about how slow RIM is - Check
-hating the new phones becuase they won't have QNX - Check
-mispelling QNX as ONX - Check

Congrats, you've trolled this article with tired/cliche/talking point gripes. Please move on or switch to Apple/Android and save us from the wahhh-mbulance.

They have some videos on youtube also - shows some serious speed increases on Android - would love to see what they can do with the Blackberry.

Too little too late? Looks like they're starting to wake up and realize they are in 3rd place now...