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Chameleon Kickstarter project about to meet its funding goal, two weeks ahead of deadline

It's looking like a big step from the norm in Android UI design

Published onJune 2, 2012

We’ve reported about the Chameleon project a couple of times before at Android Authority. Developed by Teknision, a Canadian user experience design house in Ottawa, Chameleon is an Android tablet user interface with a twist. Just like its color-changing namesake, Teknision’s UI changes its appearance to adapt to the user that happens to be using the tablet at the moment.

The first time we wrote about Chameleon, Teknision’s chief head Gabor Vida said that the company is in talks with a manufacturer to bring the UI to Android devices. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) the talks didn’t pan out, and Teknision decided to take the matter into its own hands and risk it all on Kickstarter.

Now, we now that we are living through some sort of Kickstarter boom, the best example being the uber-successful performance of the Pebble smartwatch. But will Chameleon be another success story?

After two weeks, we can say that the answer is yes, although the project did not break any records, like Pebble did. Teknision is very close to meeting its funding goal; at the time of this writing, the team was about $3,000 shy of reaching the $50,000 goal, with two more weeks to go.

The team has posted a series of updates on Chameleon’s Kickstarter page, that shed some light on how the interface will look and feel once it launches. Among the most important tidbits, we can count:

  • A behind the scenes look at how dynamic, resizable widget will look on Chameleon
  • The reasons behind the team’s decision to optimize the overlay for the 1280×800 resolution
  • Answers to some FAQs, including one that I’ve seen often – why did Teknision take to Kickstarter if it has a seemingly finished working app?
  • Information on The Lab, Teknision’s data collecting page, from where everyone can collect the prototype APK and give it a run on their tablet, helping the team in the process.

I personally think that Chameleon represent a big step forward from the static grids of icons that we are so accustomed to these days. The dynamic layout is exciting enough, but some of the advanced features promised by Teknision are nothing short of revolutionary.

If you’d like to contribute to the Chameleon Kickstarter project, you can do it here – a $5 pledge will get you early access to the app, before it’s even released on Google Play, but you can go wild if you want and get some nice rewards.

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