Friday, November 14, 2008

Search Cube - Six Sided Visual Search

Search Cube is a search engine that displays results as a cube of screen shots that can be enlarged for a preview before visiting each website returned by your search query. The general concept is similar to that of Viewzi and Middle Spot. The difference between Search Cube and Viewzi or Middle Spot is in the format of display. Search Cube displays results as a cube that users can spin and rotate using the arrow keys on a keyboard.

Applications for Education
One of the challenges I have when students are doing web research is getting them to look beyond the first two or three pages of results. Search Cube could be one way to get students to look at search engine results that they might otherwise avoid if those results were displayed in a list. By spinning the cube students can quickly scan six pages of search results.