Tag: interaction



So many uses for glass

Another look into the future…especially around multi-touch interfaces. Although our first reaction was “what a lot of finger prints”! Although this is clear a promotion for the various uses of glass technology it did raise some interesting questions about do we want access to information and communications technology in so many parts of our lives?



Can we get back to something more tactile?

Access to digital media has transformed many areas of our lives. Yet in some ways it has removed something – see how iTunes looks to keep the artwork of album covers – and one of those is something interactive and tactile. We came across this interesting concept from IDEO for a music player that gets some of this back again… c60 Redux from IDEO on...

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The office of the future…1981 style

Just following on from the previous post, we came across this video from Imperial College of their vision for future offices… It contains some interesting things that aren’t too far off like accessing information in a similar way to the internet, scanning documents to create digital versions.  But we loved that they didn’t think phones would have changed much.  Anyway, hope you find it interesting...

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Multi-touch interfaces – now and a vision from the past

Multi-touch interfaces – now and a vision from the past

We’re involved in some interesting projects applying multitouch to the design of new control systems – hopefully we’ll be able to post something on these soon.  But in the meantime we thought it was interesting to compare one of the current systems – Microsoft Surface… …with this video we came across of a long forgotten idea from Sun in 1994 for future systems called Starfire....

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Designing better map interfaces

Designing better map interfaces

Many systems, especially those in control rooms such as mobilisation for the emergency services, use maps as a key part of the user interface.  However getting the usability of these maps is not always simple. There are many different aspects to get right – the normal ‘point & click’ interface doesn’t make navigation easy – the combination of dragging, centering and zooming can be cumbersome....

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Future screen technology??

We came across this which presents some interesting ideas about the future of screen techology and how that will impact on interfaces and how information is accessed and distributed.  We might be able to do without the news whilst brushing our teeth first thing in the morning though!



The problems with alarms

Following on from the discussions on the events in the BP control room, we spotted this piece in the New York Times which serves as a timely reminder of the problems of nuisance alarms and excessive alarm rates.   As Human Factors professionals and control room designers, one of our most common tasks is to persuade engineers that not every alarm need to be presented...

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Multi-touch interfaces in airport traffic planning

We’ve been spending some time recently looking at the potential for the use of multi-touch interfaces in control room design.  It seems to be a strongly emerging technology in the consumer market but so far hasn’t made so much impact in the world of command and control. In digging around we came across this video from American Airlines where they were looking to introduce a...

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The many uses for iPad

People find amazing ways to use new technology and quickly adapt it for their own use.  We spotted this great example of a doctor in Japan using the iPad to make it easier for him to manipulate the images he uses during surgery.



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