Multitouch Display for Business Science Park Aurorum, by NUITEQ
"NUITEQ developed a customized multi-touch software solution for Corporate Reception / Lounge Areas for Business Science Park Aurorum in Luleå, based on the award-winning Snowflake Suite framework. In addition to the software, NUITEQ delivered and installed a 32 touch points multitouch dreaMTouch LCD from Germany based Elektrosil."-NUITEQ
There is a lot of things going on in the field of interactive multi-platform media!
The following videos from iTVT's StoryCentric video column are worth taking the time to abosrb. In the videos, Brian Seth Hurst, CEO of The Opportunity Management Company, interviews Gunther Sonnenfeld, SVP of Cultural Innovation and Applied Technology at Omnicom-subsidiary RAPP. The role of data in interactive multi-platform storytelling is the main focus of their discussion.
According to the iTVT website, "StoryCentric focuses on the business, technology and art of interactive storytelling, and highlights new technologies and other industry developments that have the potential to fundamentally change the way we create and interact with stories and narratives--in television and beyond."
The following video clip is an
awesome example of how AAC technology (augmentative and alternative
communication) can be integrated into a range of activities- learning,
social, leisure, and creative, when everyone makes an effort to make it
work- and not give up. Thanks to Kate Ahern for sharing this! (Cross-posted on the TechPsych blog.)
song in the
background is "Talk", by Coldplay, a perfect fit for the theme.
"This year's AAC Summer Camp students taught us a lot. This video highlights some important things to think about when it comes to augmentative and alternative communication." -Communicare LLC
Most of the devices highlighted in the video are very expensive and are difficult to integrate seamlessly with other technologies that are emerging in classrooms- and in homes. I am in the process of writing a post (or two) about this topic. The ultimate goal of AAC technology is to provide people with a means to communicate more seamlessly with people beyond the "sheltered" circle of therapists, special educators, parents and teachers.
Interactive technologists, from a range of disciplines, can help make this happen.
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I use it as an on-line filing cabinet. When I learned about Anne Balsamo's recently published book, part of a larger interactive transmedia project, I decided that it warranted more than a "plug" and a quick link.
It warranted a shrine. For this reason, I've embedded a number of videos and presentations from the project's website, along with a host of links. Prepare to spend some time exploring her work over time! It is food for reflection.
"Anne Balsamo is a Professor of Communication in the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism and of Interactive Media in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. She is a co-founder of Onomy Labs, a Silicon Valley technology design and fabrication company that builds cultural technologies. Previously, she was a member of RED (Research on Experimental Documents), a collaborative research group at Xerox PARC that created experimental reading devices and new media genres. She is the author of Technologies of the Gendered Body: Reading Cyborg Women, also published by Duke University Press." -Designing Culture
XFR: EXPERIMENTS IN THE FUTURE OF READINGA museum exhibit. (The above link will take you to the Onomy website's version of the exhibit. The project version can be found on the Designing Culture website.)
"This project will develop an application that enables collaborative browsing of a database of images of panels of The AIDS Memorial Quilt that have been “virtually stitched together.” The application will be used with Onomy Lab’sTilty Table, a tangible interactive device that serves as a display surface for large-scaled images." -(info from Anne Balsamo's blog)
Since I'm a fairly new owner of an iPad2, my first tablet, I've been having a blast using it with students at work as well as watching my nearly 9 month old grandson play around with it. Although I am happy that I have this "innovative" technology at my fingertips, I know that the concept of tablet computing has been a round for a very long time.
If you are curious to learn more about the history of ideas behind the tablet/iPad/eReader concept, take a look at the video below. It features the work of Roger Fidler and his team at the Information Design Lab, reviewing their work between 1992-94. Also explore the links in the "Related" section - I've included links to articles, a dissertation, and a book that mightof interest to those who are researching this topic. (A must-read is Alan C. Kay's "A Personal Computer for Children of All Ages", written in 1972.)
The Tablet Newspaper: A Vision for the Future Information Design Lab, 1994, Knight-Ridder, Inc.
The Tablet Newspaper: A Vision For the Future Teresa Martin, Knight-Ridder Information Design Lab, CHI '95 Proceedings Abstract: "The Table Newspaper: A Vision for the Future overviews tomorrow's portable information appliances and the ways in which we may interact with information. It explores the role a newspaper may have in the digital era and the form a newspaper may take as an electronic product." The Media Business; Knight-Ridder Shuts Down Research Lab New York Times, 8/3/95 Below is a quote from the NYT article, written in 1995:
"Knight-Ridder Inc. has closed a research lab it established to explore electronic publishing alternatives like the flat-panel newspaper.
The Information Design Laboratory, which opened here three years ago, was developing a notebook-sized computer for receiving and displaying electronic newspapers. The electronic tablet weighed less than two pounds and displayed a screen image that looked like the front page of a newspaper. The lab never designed a product that was marketed by Knight-Ridder.
"I.D.L. made a valuable contribution to the company's long-range vision of electronic publishing and helped to further the flat-panel newspaper concept," P. Anthony Ridder, Knight-Ridder's chairman and chief executive, said Monday. Knight-Ridder plans to concentrate its electronic publishing efforts on existing technologies like the Internet and on-line services, Polk Laffoon, vice president of corporate relations, said."
I've been revisiting the topic of interaction design/usability for "touchable/moveable" multimedia content for the past couple of weeks. I recently got an iPad2, so I'm in the "app" exploration phase - a new world, since I never had an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad "1".
I plan to share experiences, thoughts, opinions, and suggestions related to this topic during the upcoming months. I welcome input from IMT readers!
Getting back to my iPad2....In addition to using the device to run apps, like most people, I also use it to visit websites. Many sites now appear to be optimized for mobile devices, which is great for my Android-based smartphone, but for my iPad, not so much. I thought by now we'd have more touchy-feely content to play with.
I've noticed that basic features that work OK with touch interaction, such as the carousel, seem to miss the target, as discussed in the following article:
Although the above article was written from a "click" rather than "touch" perspective, many of the comments Anthony brings up ring true for websites and apps that are accessed through tablets and other touch enable screens.
I'm disappointed. Here are a few of my grumbles:
Many designers/developers have been slow to look at the increasing number of people who are accessing websites and applications via touch-enabled screens - of any size.
Many designers/developers have been slow to catch on that a website or app might be viewed/used by more than one person at a time. Websites for house-hunting, home furnishings, vacation/travel, and education are a few examples that come to mind.
Too many "multimedia" apps/websites are flat. Many still have a power-pointy feel.
Websites optimized for mobile devices often leave important features out.
Designers/developers sometimes don't seem to think about the various scenarios in which their applications/websites might be used - while balancing a baby on one hip, preparing a meal, working out, walking the dog, trotting around the mall with a friends/kids/spouse, eating, waiting at a stop light, etc.
Too many iPad apps are flat and power-pointy. Too many apps don't take full advantage multi-touch features. Very few apps allow for efficient interaction between two people on the screen.
Below is information about NodeBeat 1.5 from the Vimeo website:
"This is a brief video showcasing some of the new features in NodeBeat HD 1.5. The same features will be coming to the iPhone/iPod Touch version of NodeBeat in the coming weeks."
"New Features Include:
- Entirely new user interface design - Drag and drop new nodes - Drum Generator Node - Sine, Triangle, Sawtooth, and Square waveform selection - Tempo and BPM controls - Compress recording for faster e-mailing of recordings - Create ringtones from recordings - Sleep Timer. Now you can fall asleep to NodeBeat - Shake to Clear Screen - 5 Finger multitouch reset all" ---------------------------------------------- "NodeBeat is an experimental node-based audio sequencer and generative music application for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad."