Tuesday, 10 July 2007

Day187 Touch Screens and Reports

Touch Screens
Had a good demo of a 46" LCD panel with a touch screen overlay (integrated in this case) and it was definately a great piece of tech for interactive studio presentations and intutive feedback. The panel we were shown was a Clarity (http://www.clarityvisual.com/) with the NextWindow (http://www.nextwindow.com/) touch tech running with the nice HD (1920x1080) res for us. Windows ran nicely enough on the demo laptop giving us a feel for the sensitivity and image quality. When we plugged my monitor in though it didnt pick up the res properly (we will have to play more with that in times to come).
Things like sketchup worked ok, though without the same ready access to the keyboard we felt a little crippled the way we had them physically setup.
I am looking forward to bringing the demo in so we can get the potential users to 'play' and start generate ideas for greater use (as well as config options). We will still have to work on proportions, sizes, numbers, inputs, computers, power management, IR controls, security and the cost - but all in good time.

One interesting thing I noticed, before using the screen I invisaged that in sketchup I would use my left finger to click the various control icons (hand, orbit etc) and my right finger to do the actual manipulations. I figured that this would be fast and take advantage of my not having to track across to the different icons. Strangely none of us (including me) used it this way - we all just used the 1 finger to do everything - funny. I wonder if we would evolve better habits over time...

Reports
I actually enjoyed reading through 2 Research Project reports and providing feedback. Assessment is a complex mindset...

I also worked some more on the other report for the program itself and pulled together an extended opening with the inspirational imagery included. I think it adds more punch and implied scope which flavours the following content better.

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