Aurora browser concept
August 5, 2008:
The good people over at Adaptive Path have spent some time imagining a near-future web browser called Aurora. The core concepts--structured data replacing monolithic pages, algorithmic grouping of related items, minimized chrome, screen-sharing, etc--are all fairly familiar (to people working on this stuff), but it's always good to have someone pull the elements together into a coherent vision. I'm looking forward to the rest of the videos.
One aesthetic complaint, however: compared to its inspiration (Starfire), the Aurora video is conspicuously (and unrealistically) pleasant. The people in Starfire are dealing with problems. Granted, they are overcoming them via technology, but at least the situations are tense to begin with. Here, the people seem not to have any problems (not even the weather!). I guess I prefer a bit more angst in my fake future.