[LINK] more on interface design
tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Mon Jan 25 09:25:31 AEDT 2010
Kim Holburn wrote:
> This article is a puff piece on M$ Surface ... large ugly table with no
> place for your legs. ...
The ABC was demonstrating one of these tabletop displays at the
"Realising Our Broadband Future" forum last December. Unfortunately I
could not see the point of it and no one from the ABC seemed to have any
idea of what it was for. They kept apologising that it was just running
a web page for selecting video and talked vaguely about other
applications it could have. What made it even more curious was the
screen was offering videos which the ABC did not have, such as the BBC
Having a table with a display in the top is not a new idea and
the military have had these for years, as an electronic upgrade of the
plotting table (the ones you see on the old war films with little model
boats and planes). But I have not seen them used for anything apart from
holding up coffee cups.
You soon realise that there is no comfortable way to use a tabletop
screen. You can't use it sitting down, even if you can fit your legs
under it. You can stand up around it, but you have to lean over to
operate it. Only a small number of people can stand around the unit and
most of them will be reading it sideways or upside down so it can't be
displaying normal text of photos.
A wall mounted screen makes a lot more sense unless you are re-enacting
the battle of the Coral Sea and even the professionals I have seen
planning the next battle of the coral sea use a wall screen now.
Tom Worthington FACS HLM, TomW Communications Pty Ltd. t: 0419496150
PO Box 13, Belconnen ACT 2617, Australia http://www.tomw.net.au
Adjunct Lecturer, The Australian National University t: 02 61255694
Computer Science http://cs.anu.edu.au/people.php?StaffID=140274
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