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.

What is Dynamic Perspective? » Read more: Amazon’s ‘Dynamic Perspective’: Gimmick or Game Changer

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.
» Read more: Skeuomorphism — It’s Stayin’ Alive

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 to find out.






Why a Medical Device GUI Won’t Cut It — Interview with Altia CEO

May 16th, 2014 by Cheryl Falk No comments »

“No one is immune to good looks. And in today’s Apple and Samsung-driven aesthetic culture it’s not enough that your [medical] device works, it has to look good while doing it.”

But a medical device GUI and a mobile app are not the same. High-reliability devices must meet stricter standards for certification and usability than any mobile app — so teams must approach a medical GUI with a laser focus on the user, use cases, and stability and must be equipped with the right tools to develop, test, deploy and certify their display.

Recently Mike Juran, Altia’s CEO, sat down with Chris Wiltz of Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (or MD+DI) to discuss medical device software development and the challenges that companies face to get a smart phone-style GUI into production. He outlined four common mistakes that companies make when deploying medical GUIs and offered his advice about how to avoid and overcome them.

Click here to read the interview, “4 Reasons Your Device’s GUI Won’t Cut It” on MD+DI.


“Looking Ahead in Auto UX with Mercedes”

May 1st, 2014 by Cheryl Falk No comments »

Recently, Steve Tengler — Altia’s Senior Director of User Experience — sat down with Paolo Malabuyo (Vice President of Advanced UX Design), Vera Schmidt (Senior Manager of Advanced UX Design), and Viviane Eide (Manager of UX Research) of Mercedes at their R&D Center in Silicon Valley to discuss the company’s vision for automotive UX.

What did they talk about? Everything from how the company leverages connected devices to bring new technologies to their vehicles faster to the company’s view on autonomous driving.

“We like to think about human, core desires and how can we use technology to meet them.” – @MercedesBenz

Read the interview, “Looking Ahead in Automotive UX with Mercedes“, in its entirety on






Creating GUIs Gets Simpler with Altia Design Layer Manager

April 30th, 2014 by Cheryl Falk No comments »

The Layer Manager is the new way to manipulate Display Objects — and it’s awesome!

This new feature in Altia Design 11.1 provides access to every property of every layer for immediate tweaking in an easy-to-use grid — plus create groups and new screens quickly and easily.

See the Layer Manager at work in this video.

Want more information about Altia Design 11.1? Click here or email



Text Shaping for RTL Language Support — New in Altia Design 11.1

April 28th, 2014 by Cheryl Falk No comments »

With the release of Altia Design 11.1, the Language Object has become even more powerful than ever before! With the new Text Shaping feature, Altia Design gives companies the capability to implement languages like Arabic and Hebrew in their Altia user interface.

Check out this feature video to see how simple it is to localize your GUI!

For more information about Altia Design 11.1, check out our release page or email

Altia Design Validator Guides Your GUI

April 25th, 2014 by Cheryl Falk No comments »

The Validator is one of the new features of Altia Design 11.1 — and it’s pretty amazing!

With the Validator, users can perform real-time validation of their Altia GUI against design rule sets for their selected embedded target. This helps Altia users get better GUIs — faster, because they can…

  • Analyze Altia Design projects in real time.
  • Identify problems automatically, and sometimes auto-fix them.
  • Get hardware-specific guidance for your GUI.

Future rule sets will even allow users to receive hardware-specific metrics like estimated RAM/ROM consumption!

Check out the Validator feature video here.

Stay tuned for future improvements to Validator! The next gen of this feature will allow you to receive hardware-specific metrics like estimated RAM/ROM consumption.

For more information about Altia Design 11.1, visit


Altia Design 11.1 — Check out the New Debugger!

April 24th, 2014 by Cheryl Falk No comments »

New to Altia Design 11.1, the Debugger allows users to quickly view the real time event input/output flow and add watchlist variables in their Altia GUIs.

The Debugger gives users the power to:

  • Streamline design behavior through insight of event flow.
  • Backtrack behaviors to their source – better integrate new behaviors into design.
  • Filter the event log or create watchlists to see only the events that you care about – and zero in on the information you need.

Check this out…

Get more information about Altia Design 11.1 at