Test Driving Lumifi

Earlier this week, Lumifi Inc. announced a new version of their research platform “to better serve students, professionals and others in dealing with information overload.” Lumifi is a private corporation based in Maryland, and this is their second major release of their service. (The first was announced in January 2008.) I didn’t see the first interface so I can’t compare it to the earlier effort, but on the whole I am unimpressed. There may be some new magic happening behind the scenes here, but it is hidden in an awful interface that is very difficult to get past.