You may be aware RIM acquired TAT (The Astonishing Tribe) infamous for its creativity with user interfaces. When Blackberry OS6 for phones came out, there was expectation that TAT would contribute to a newly designed OS and interface. Then later the Blackberry PlayBook was announced.
Initially, there wasn’t any sign of TAT contributing a lot to the PlayBook’s interface. Now Blackberry has released a demoed a ScrapBook app, designed by TAT, at MWC 2011. The app looks slick. Performs well and the interface looks excellent, easy to use and visual feedback imitates real life behaviour. This app was built entirely using HTML5 and CSS web technologies and goes to show the power of the web and the Playbook. But more importantly, the four finger gestures. Be sure to check it out.
Scrapbook wasn’t the only app demoed. Aura which is a demo of the Webworks Platform. The aim was to show the power and flexibility of the platform. What is impressive about Aura is that it was built-in only 1 week using Adobe Air. It seems to utilise some powerful graphics and the accelerometer.
Both examples are impressive. You can download the WebWorks SDK here.