April 13-17, 2010
Denver, Colorado, USA

Workshops: Description

Make It Multitouch

Jim Spadaccini, Ideum, USA
Paul Lacey, Ideum, USA

Multitouch and multiuser exhibits are changing the ways in which visitors interact with computer-based exhibits in museums. Multitouch exhibits allow designers to move away from traditional graphical user-interfaces and incorporate more natural and intuitive controls. Additionally, multiuser exhibits encourage social interaction in ways that traditional computer exhibits can’t.

Multitouch technology is no longer just a novelty, it is moving into the mainstream. The iPhone and other touch-enabled phones, the popularity of multitouch-capable all-in-one PCs, and the release of Windows 7 demonstrate the reach of multitouch technology. This major technological change presents exhibit developers with new and exciting design challenges. Before long, the work of Web developers will be impacted by the advent of multitouch, as well.

In this full-day workshop, we'll explore a variety of multitouch technologies including off-the-shelf multitouch-enabled PCs, along with a look under the hood our second-generation custom-built 50" touch table. We’ll also explain the software development process. Participants will see a variety of examples and prototypes, including many that use Web-based technologies. We'll see how multi-touch technology is used to browse multimedia elements, RSS Feeds, mapping services, and other Web-based applications and mash-ups.

Finally, we'll explore the design challenges multitouch and multiuser exhibits present. We'll examine some traditional computer-based exhibits and conceptualize how they might be designed differently with multitouch and collaborative capabilities in mind. Through, engaging rapid design exercises we'll explore and discuss the conceptual, informational, and user-interface aspects of multi-touch and multi-user design.

Workshop: Multi-Touch [Full Day]

Keywords: multi-touch, multitouch, design, usability, user interface, gesture recognition, visitor experience, mashup, RSS, windows 7