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IOGraph [iographica.com] is a little software application that turns the continuous tracking of computer mouse movements into a modern art.

The basic concept is that people just "run" the application in the background, and then accomplish their usual activities at the computer. After a long day of hard work, a beautiful image is then created by cumulating all mouse movements and representing them as continuous paths. For people who work in a single application for a considerably long time, IOGraph could even provide potentially interesting usability data when overlayed on a screenshot of the actual window configuration.

You can check some past mouse-tracking art work at Flickr.




This is a great app, I used it a little while ago when it was called Mousepath, but the new version functions a little better with some menu controls instead of keyboard controls. You really get some interesting results when performing certain tasks - I had a good time seeing what an hour of one game looked compared to another. Plants vs. Zombies created a beautiful lattice structure.

Sat 15 May 2010 at 1:03 AM

I pondered the use of such tools to develop an ergonomics of UI on my blog way back in 05: http://www.nightsoil.co.uk/blog/2005/09/13/patterns-of-use/ There is still a case for arguing that a lot of screen-based software causes considerably more physical work than is required and therefore RSI and issues for those motor-control problems.

Mon 17 May 2010 at 8:07 AM

I want to used this but, is this application can affect the frequency of PC? coz my PC is little bit slowly.. heheh :(

Wed 26 May 2010 at 5:39 AM
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