Tag: interaction



Conferences are coming…

Just a bit of news that CCD staff are presenting at four conferences in the next few months First of all, Adam Parkes is presenting on our SAMMIE work at a seminar at IMechE titled “Human factors in 3D – humans in engineering design“.  If you want to go, get your skates on as it is next week (2nd October). Then David Watts will be...

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Minority Report at 10

Minority Report at 10

Very few films have had such an influence on ideas and thinking around interaction design as Minority Report has.  In almost every discussion about the next steps in interfaces someone references the gestural interaction shown in the film along with many of the other technologies used in it. There have been several articles published in the news and on blogs recently as this is the 10th anniversary...

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Sat-navs impair driving?

Interesting piece of research that has picked up lots of media coverage today.  Researchers at Lancaster Uni are suggesting that using sat-navs actually impairs driving performance, as well as sometimes taking us the wrong way. As the directions get more complex, we are likely to speed up, swerve more and not detect pedestrians. Seems to point to some good basic human factors guidance on ensuring...

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Virtual store in Korea

Tesco have been trialling a virtual store in Korea which are an interesting reflection on how to fill potential time gaps in the customer’s day and provide something closer to the experience of being in a supermarket and seeing the products you are buying.  Posters of stocked shelves are displayed and you scan the item you want with your smartphone, it is added to your...

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Improved Passenger Experience with Smartphone Technology

Alongside improving the design of airports, providing simpler wayfinding, and making the security process less stressful, the ever present smartphone seems to be the battleground for providing better information to the passenger at a number of points on the journey. This article from the Amor Group presents a good summary of the current applications and uses for smartphone technology.  Worth a quick read: Smartphones as...

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Interaction design awards…and the Spotify Box

Interaction design awards…and the Spotify Box

The winners of the 2012 Interaction Design Awards have been announced – http://awards.ixda.org/interactionawards2012 We really like the Out of the Box winner (http://awards.ixda.org/entry/2012/out-box).  Its become all to easy to assume that the modern smartphones are all so intuitive that we don’t need help to use them.  Maybe they are for the younger generation (my kids have no problems at all!) but for older users the change...

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The end of menus?

The end of menus?

Ever since the graphical interface evolved we have used drop down menus as a principal means to organisation and find commands we want to use.  But last week the developers of the Ubuntu OS announced that they are making the move away from menus to a “heads up” interface where typed commands or voice are used. Rather than hunting through menus, users can type the...

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iPhone and the female voice

iPhone and the female voice

On launch. much was made of the new iPhone 4S and the use of a female voice for its Siri technology…except in France and UK where the default is male (you change it for a female voice but only with a US or Australian accent!).  Some of the press here have reported studies that say a female voice is “more pleasing” (we’ve not done any research ourselves)....

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Military touchscreen applications

Military touchscreen applications

We keep looking for applications of multi-touch that go beyond spinning photos around and zooming in and out. We came across this article about a product aimed at military commanders wanting to get that command and control over the battlefield: http://engt.co/rag6MG We don’t know if this product is any good but it might tap into the potential of multi-touch to deliver intuitive interfaces that don’t require...

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What will airports of the future look like – a passenger perspective

What will airports of the future look like – a passenger perspective

Following on from the last post is this video from the BBC on the airports of the future: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/fast_track/9443769.stm.  The piece is based around the premise that in 20 years time passenger numbers will double to pass 12 billion so airports and cities will have to cope with more people using and working in them.  One suggestion has been the “aerotropolis” – a city with...

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