Tag: interface


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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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?


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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Control room safety in pipeline operations

From the US, came this interesting piece on utility / pipeline control room operations and human error.    It features some interesting views on operator fatigue and training possibly contributing to failures to spot abnormal operating conditions and subsequent incidents.   http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_16230206?source=rss&nclick_check=1 It seems surprising that the understanding of the contribution of the use of the SCADA systems was not captured in accident investigation data...

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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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Are station ticket machines “confusing”?

Passenger Focus have highlighted the issue of how ticket machines are confusing and difficult to use for rail passengers: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-10701953.  It is an issue that we have been talking about on this blog and in some of our other activities for a while now. The train companies point to satisfaction surveys as evidence that there isn’t actually a problem.  However, from our experience, this isn’t...

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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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