Will Restaurant Diners Find Touchscreen Service Appetizing?

September 4th, 2014 by Jason Williamson No comments »

Will Restaurant Diners Find Touchscreen Service Appetizing?

At some restaurants, the days of waiting impatiently for a server to take your order or bring your bill are over. The introduction of touchscreen service has a range of benefits, both for the customer and the restaurants that are making the move into high-tech service. These graphical user interfaces come in a variety of styles and sizes designed to enhance dining experiences.Will Restaurant Diners Find Touchscreen Service Appetizing

Benefits for Diners

Businesses can choose to present their diners with touchscreen GUIs in a range of sizes, from full-size e-table models that are essentially entire touchscreen table tops, to smaller, mobile screens and bar-top or table-side small screens.

E-tables provide an engaging dining experience for customers, allowing them to browse the menu and place their orders at their leisure. Additionally, some models feature “Chef Cams” that allow diners to watch the kitchen prepare their meals. Some offer internet connectivity that enables users to browse the web, check email, or update their social media accounts. Networked models allow diners to send e-cards to other tables, as well as share photos. For an extra novelty factor, diners can choose their own virtual tablecloths.
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How Touchscreen GUI is Reshaping Modern Medicine

August 29th, 2014 by Jason Williamson No comments »

A touchscreen GUI is a graphical user interface operated by fingertips or a stylus. This can be a PC or laptop or on a handheld device like a tablet. Touchscreen GUIs are becoming increasingly commonplace in medical settings and offer a range of benefits to health care professionals and patients alike. The advantages these medical touchscreen devices bring are many, and their importance should not be overlooked. Touchscreen-Modern-Medicine-GUI

Improved Organization

Medical facilities are often in a state of chaos – even if it’s organized chaos. The introduction of touchscreen GUIs, however, as part of a medical device, or a larger network, helps to combat disorganization. Streamlining processes and giving access to information makes staying focused easy. Users are also afforded the ability to update information at the touch of a button.

Protected, Easily-accessible Data

With the use of a touchscreen GUI, patients or medical professionals have easy access to a whole range of data stored by the device, via a simple interaction with the screen. For example, instead of having to wade through three decades’ worth of medical notes, a physician can simply find the appropriate application, and enter a specific date or keyword; the device returns the appropriate search results. Additionally, with a paperless system and proper data security protocols in place, sensitive patient information is safer.
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The Psychology of Successful UI

August 11th, 2014 by Jason Williamson No comments »

Many considerations must be taken into account when developing a winning Human-Machine Interface (HMI) strategy. As technology continues to evolve at astounding rates, designers are finding more ways to make everyday products extraordinary; pushing the boundaries of user interface to new levels of immersion and engagement that were deemed impossible just a few years ago.

Though technological breakthroughs have opened doors to un-chartered possibilities, the true cornerstone of superior HMI, UI, UX and GUI design remains rooted in an element as old as humanity itself – the human psyche.The Psychology of Successful UI

The Age of Expectations

The desires, needs and motivations that shape human behavior have changed over the years. As a culture, we have certainly grown accustomed to expecting greater results from less effort. And, thanks to the steady progression of technology, the Average Joes and Janes of the modern world enjoy levels of comfort and luxury that monarchs, kings and queens could scarcely have dreamt of in their time.

Despite all that, we still want the same basic things today that we wanted back then. We crave knowledge. We yearn for connectivity. We want to be “wowed”. The big difference now is that we expect those things to come to us quickly and easily… at the click of a button. Making that happen is a function of strategic Human-Machine Interface – and GUI is at the heart of it.

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A Runway-Worthy Wearable…

July 23rd, 2014 by Cheryl Falk No comments »
Miss Idaho 2014, Sierra Sandison, proudly wears Tandem Diabetes t:slim Insulin Pump

Miss Idaho 2014, Sierra Sandison, proudly wears Tandem Diabetes t:slim Insulin Pump

The new Miss Idaho 2014, Sierra Sandison, took the stage by storm last week — proudly sporting an accessory you don’t normally see on the runway … her Tandem Diabetes Care t:slim® Insulin Pump!

Sierra Sandison, diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2012, was uncertain about whether to wear the insulin pump on stage. Inspired by pageant winner, Nicole Johnson, who also wore an insulin pump (although not visibly) back in 1999, Sierra decided to wear her quite stylish insulin pump clipped to her clothing throughout the Miss Idaho pageant — including during the swimsuit competition.

After her win, Sierra posted this to her blog:

The media often tells us this lie: if your appearance deviates in any way from cover girls, movie stars, super models, etc., it is a flaw and something is wrong with you. Well, guess what? Miss America 1999 has an insulin pump, and it doesn’t make her any less beautiful. In fact, in my mind, it enhances her beauty! So, a year after I was diagnosed, I got a pump. It helped me get even better control of my diabetes, and made my life SO much easier. Working up the confidence to compete with it was an entirely different journey, but this summer at Miss Idaho 2014, I finally did it.”

Photos of the new Miss Idaho rocking her insulin pump have taken social media by storm. Fans of Sierra have expressed their support for Sierra and gratitude for her empowering example all over Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #showmeyourpump.

Just as Sierra has begun a medical-device wearers revolution, the manufacturers of her insulin pump — Tandem Diabetes Care — started their own revolution by developing a beautiful, intuitive GUI for their device with Altia’s user interface development tools.

New Version of Altia Design Today!

July 18th, 2014 by Jason Williamson No comments »

The best embedded GUI editor on the planet just got even better!

Today we released Altia Design 11.1.1 and we’ve improved many features.  To name a few:

  • 3D Support
  • Validator
  • Monotype Font Engine Support
  • New Libraries

Head on over to the release landing page to read all about it — and watch videos of the new features.

From Wearables to Hideables

July 17th, 2014 by Mike Juran No comments »

From Wearables to Hideables: Technology that everyone will finally use.

This month’s edition of Wired Magazine features Jerry Seinfeld wearing Google Glass as he pontificates on the etiquette, or lack thereof, of digital technology. They dub him Wired’s “guest glasshole”, and the moniker speaks for itself.


Wired.com – Jerry Seinfeld’s Internet Rules

Technology that’s abused and in-your-face (literally) can be rather obnoxious. But as we all know, in the right hands … at the right time … and in the right place, technology can change your life in wonderful ways. Even Google Glass has its place — just not at the local TGI Fridays. » Read more: From Wearables to Hideables

Amazon’s ‘Dynamic Perspective’: Gimmick or Game Changer

July 3rd, 2014 by Jason Williamson No comments »

Will Amazon’s new smartphone change the way users interact with flat screen devices?

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos recently unveiled the Fire Phone, Amazon’s first foray into the smartphone market. There has been plenty of buzz surrounding the phone’s release and the promise that it will fundamentally change the way users interact with their mobile devices. Enter Dynamic Perspective.

Dynamic Perspective is NOT 3D

In 2011 the LG Optimus 3D and HTC EVO 3D smartphones came on to the scene. Both phones were met with mixed reviews, and neither changed the landscape of mobile user interfaces. (That being said, the marketplace for 3D UI is very much alive. Apple was recently granted 62 patents related to 3D desktop technology.)

During his announcement, Bezos made it clear that the Fire Phone’s immersive Dynamic Perspective technology was not meant to be confused with 3D.

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Eaton OMNEX Radio Remote Control Wins Most Innovative Product

June 2nd, 2014 by Cheryl Falk No comments »

Altia exists to help our customers get first rate embedded GUIs into products — and it’s exciting to see our customers doing just that.

Eaton’s OMNEX TD3200 2-Way Remote Control with Color LCD Display recently won Most Innovative Product (MIP): Industry Choice in Concrete Construction Equipment at the recent World of Concrete trade show.

From Eaton’s press release:

The TD3200 offers a 3.5” transflective color LCD display that provides extensive status monitoring, diagnostic information and controls capability. Two-way communication delivers useful machine status information to operator via the display’s exceptional graphics, readable in day and night conditions for increased productivity. Safety features include an operator alert buzzer, drop/tilt detection as well as sensing inactivity detection.”

Read more about Eaton’s winning product here.

Congratulations, Eaton Team, on this exciting win! Way to GUI!





Skeuomorphism — It’s Stayin’ Alive

May 29th, 2014 by Jason Williamson No comments »

Skeuomorphism — the designing of interfaces to mimic real-life counterparts – has become a bit of a dirty word in GUI design these days.

Apple, long a proponent of that style under the usually reliable judgment of Steve Jobs, largely gave up the ghost in 2013 with iOS7. Yet there are still projects and new concepts looking at ways to keep skeuomorphism alive, such as this one or even bringing 3D into the act like this one.

There is this dream that one day, we’ll be starring in our own versions of “Minority Report” or “Iron Man” – swinging our arms or manipulating virtual objects to perform incredibly complex tasks. However, the reality for most users is that attempts at this type of interaction will almost always require too much training.

Tom Cruise and Robert Downey, Jr. didn’t likely step up and start flailing their arms at their newly delivered computer systems expecting it to realize what they were attempting. In fact, what makes those movies and the interaction so cool — is that the users were expert. They were trained and very practiced at the interaction at hand. It’s kind of like watching your engineer friend whip through command line prompts or wrangle huge C files in vi. It’s very cool, incredibly productive — but not something the casual user can mimic.
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New Article: Top Ten Automotive UX Successes

May 22nd, 2014 by Cheryl Falk No comments »

Cisco recently released a survey that indicates that consumers are craving more, better technologies in their cars — and they’re willing to surrender things like height and weight information, DNA samples and fingerprints to get a more comfortable ride or better vehicle security technology.

And while those automotive OEMs run back to their white boards to start brainstorming the next great UX feature, Steve Tengler takes a step back to offer some acknowledgement for the features that are already out in the market that do an outstanding job of making our driving experience easier, safer and more enjoyable.

What innovations made the cut? Read Tengler’s “Top Ten Automotive UX Successes” on UXMag.com to find out.