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Why SpicyNodes? Because Computers are Dumb!

March 26th, 2010      

We’re often asked, Why SpicyNodes? The Web contains a flood of information, and people can discover virtually anything about any topic at any time. The point is well taken, but from our perspective, traditional ways of finding information on the Web can be either cumbersome or frustrating. How many times have you tried to find that elusive nugget of information, only to be stymied by irrelevant results or get sucked into the vortex of browsing and clicking? Seconds turn into minutes, and before you know it an hour has passed, without knowing more than when you started.

Our SpicyNodes story began from asking ourselves, Why is so much technology so hard to use? We realized that the way computers “think” is fundamentally different from the way you interact with the world, and you have had to adapt to the nature and limitations of computers. We believe that technology is now advanced enough to adapt to the intrinsic ways you think and interact with the world.

Many online tools and technology are hard to use. Though the Internet provides you with a virtually limitless amount of information, finding information often requires a librarian’s information-sorting skills. For example, you shouldn’t have to peer into a web page author’s mind and guess which keywords he or she used. That’s a difficult task that becomes nearly impossible if you are unfamiliar with a topic, and even a simple misspelling can render the results useless. Alternately, you can get so many results that you are unable to see the forest for the trees.

We realized that, in order to turn the tables and make technology serve you, you needed to be able to intuitively control technology. User interfaces can bridge the gap by allowing you to have a visual and tactile relationship with the computer through manipulating objects on the screen with a mouse and keyboard. In order to make your experience richer, we wanted to use radial trees to give you an interface that could mimic the ways you naturally interact with the world.

So, that’s the long answer to the short question, Why SpicyNodes?

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