Visual Web Browsing with SpaceTime

The 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is in Las Vegas this week. Startups and big brands alike are launching their products. They’ve got a blogger’s lounge this year too. According to CES, the average U.S household has 25 consumer electronic products in it and U.S. consumer electronics sales should exceed $160 billion in 2007.

SpaceTime is one of the startups at CES. They’re launching a new version of their 3-D web browsing tool – version 1.0. The free download is a lot like Mac users are used to using. You can interact with windows and your browser, along with perform visual web searching. The interface lets you more interact more intimately with content – like separating out images or videos from your browser.

The tool automatically launches top pages in your search result, but you must click on the image to launch the page. If you search for images it will display them as a stack of individual images matching the keywords, not the actual web site.

I’m a tab addict, and this seems much easier to navigate than scrolling through my tabs as a linear list. I don’t know what the speed tradeoffs are like but I keep imaging that it’s idea for web designers.

Here are some features of SpaceTime:

  • Navigator – Zoom, pan, and visually tab through your results.
  • Savable Spaces –Save 3-D arrangement of the Web pages and return to the same spot another day.
  • SpaceTime Zoom – When using Google or Yahoo! Search, the first few pages appear in a stack with your search terms already highlighted on each page. Use the zoom feature to jump to a close-up view of each instance.
  • Cinematic View –View YouTube’s most popular clips of the day right from SpaceTime’s interface which stacks the videos on a reel. It can maximize to full-screen and automatically pause when you change the channel.

If you’re at the show, SpaceTime will be demonstrating Version 1.0 at booth #36 at ShowStoppers in the Wynn Hotel today, Monday, January 7 at 6:00 p.m.

The optimal system for running SpaceTime is on Windows 2000, XP, Vista, with at least 512 MB of RAM and 128 MB of video RAM. I haven’t used it to test the speed but I’m sure that you’ll need broadband.