Two finds this week, Mozilla Ubiquity and Enso, both driving the concept of on-demand, universal search and action. It's a supercharged command-line interface, providing cross-platform actions, mashups and simplifying traditional point-and-click tasks.
The demos look impressive, Mozilla on the web mashups - combining maps, calendars, twittering via article quotes - Enso highlighting the application-based efficiencies.
There both powerful tools that optimise the user experience, continuing to blur the lines across applications, browers and operating systems. Mozilla is already offering up the code as open source, Enso promises that this is also on the way, will be an interesting area to watch evolve.
"So now command line interfaces are back again, hiding under the guise of search. Now you see them, now you don't. Now you see them again. And they will get better and better with time, mark my words, that is my prediction for the future of interfaces" - Don Norman, 2007
Ubiquity for Firefox from Aza Raskin on Vimeo.