Event: Touch and Beyond: Psychology of Interactions

6 Jul 2010 - 8:48pm
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IxDA Seattle and Interact Seattle present Steve Seow: Some things change and some things don’t. The psychology of future interactions.

Wednesday July 21, 2010, 6:30pm
Aquent Offices
1109 N 36th St
Seattle, WA, 98103

Abstract: Some things change, and some things don’t. At Microsoft Surface, we have tested hundreds of users with countless design explorations and prototypes over the years. The design, the interaction model, the software and hardware technologies, and even the business have unavoidably and necessarily evolved, but in this dynamic multidimensional evolution, one factor stood as a constant—the psychology behind the core user interaction. We’ve pooled together years of quantitative and qualitative data, observation notes, and other information and distilled them down to a set of nine constants we called Surface Usability Maxims. These are what we believe hold true not just for Microsoft Surface and for touch computing, but also for any new interaction paradigm that may emerge in the future because… well, some things change, and some things don’t.

This is the first event in the series "Touch and Beyond: New Forms of Interaction"

"Touch and Beyond: New Forms of Interaction" is a 3 part series of presentations and workshops brought to you by IxDA Seattle. New forms of interaction like touch, gesture, and voice interactions are fundamentally changing the way we interact with products and our environment. The series will give you a sense of the underlying psychology of our interactions with our environment from a human perspective, an overview of the state of the art of interactive technology, and a hands on workshop in the basics of hardware prototyping.

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