Monday, March 19, 2001
Imagine you're a mime, trapped in that famous invisible box.
Now imagine that the box has an Internet hookup, and each web page
you read is projected on a different wall of the cube. You're now viewing five
websites simultaneously (and there's a sixth one running behind you).
This is not the plot of the latest psycho-thriller movie from
Hollywood. This is CubicEye(TM)--the latest attempt to make the Web a more
intuitive, user-friendly place to be.
Every large company or manufacturer is struggling to let its
employees collaborate and create new products online, while also providing
secure e-Commerce and establishing a presence on the Web. Previous attempts to
manage this data overload include Antarcti.ca (http://map.net) and WebMap (www.webmap.com), which both imprint search engine
results onto geographic maps, so literal-minded humans can more easily find
their way as they "wander" around the Web.
But CubicEye (www.cubiceye.com)
takes this concept a step further, since it allows users to literally look
around at various web sites, and virtually move in a three-dimensional direction
to drill down through them. Created by 2ce Inc. (King of Prussia, PA), the
software replaces a typical Internet Explorer or Netscape browser, running on
Windows 98 or ME. Each of the six pages is simultaneously live, so you can
drag-and-drop links between adjacent walls. Then you can glance around at the
other walls, compare the screens, and shuffle pages like a deck of cards. Now in
beta testing, the first release version is expected in Q2.