On Monday Mozilla Labs introduced a new concept series where people can submit their ideas, mockups, and demonstration videos of how they’d like to see things work in a web browser. They’re doing this so that they can “collectively explorer and design future directions for the Web.“
To get the ball rolling they’ve designed a few concept videos, including one dubbed Aurora that is supposed to represent what the browser could be like in the future. Here’s the video demonstration, and if you don’t want to watch the entire thing I’d recommend jumping about 4-minutes in where they actually start explaining how the various things work. If you plan on watching it in full-screen you should hop on over to the Vimeo site where you can view it in HD quality.
Concept videos like these are always cool to see, but don’t expect to see much come of it. There’s a lot of pizzazz being thrown around, but when it comes down to functionality the designs like this just don’t make the cut. Not only that but I couldn’t imagine trying to explain to the average computer user how their history is organized in a “cloud” fashion like that in the video. They have a hard enough time understanding how to use a menu containing bookmarks.
The concept is kind of Aurora is kind of cool, but doesn’t really seem like something I’d be inclined to use. Maybe in 10 or 15 years I’ll feel differently, but at this point it kind of reminds me of the Pogo browser. Sure it has things to show off to your friends, but will you use any of the special features beyond that?
So what does this remind me of? It’s almost like the videos Microsoft produces showing off the future of Windows (example). By the time you reach the end of the video you’re left wondering how a system like that will ever come about. I guess that’s the point of the concept videos though.