Vanessa Tan has this link to a wonderful new experiment in User Interface Design promising click-free navigation.
The Institute for Interactive Research is apparently trying to study the "change in the behaviour of navigation" and whether the missing click has any "influence on our perception of the interface."
The website has three new buttons for you to experiment. The replacement of the traditional 'click' in the three buttons is as follows:
Button 1: Activating the button by wiping the mouse from left to right or right to left over it.
Button 2: The button is activated by moving the mouse pointer in a circular motion around it.
Button 3: The button has a self activating timer. To activate, keep your mouse pointer over it for a few seconds.
I find the second idea of moving the mouse pointer in a circular manner over the button extremely appealing. The other two have obvious disadvantages.
The 'wipe' that activates the first button requires that the origin and termination of the mouse movement stays on the button. So, my "flick of the wrist" has to ensure that the mouse moves just the perfect distance. Not too much, because it will move outside the button; and not too less, because then the button wont get activated. This requires extreme caution on the user's part, making life miserable for him. Also, as the website itself states, the user may accidentally activate a link by unintentionally moving the mouse over it.
The third button that has a self activating timer is certain to significantly increase the surfing time. Plus the fact that since most web designers haven't read 'Don't Make Me Think', a considerable number of users simply are unsure whether they really should be activating the particular link or not.
Be sure you check their website out. It is simply too much fun to be missing out. And yes, these are really wonderful experiments in interface design.