VUI01: Using Natural User Interface (NUI) Technologies to Improve User Experience Tim Huckaby Founder / Chairman, InterKnowlogy Founder / CEO, Actus Software Microsoft RD & MVP
About Tim… InterKnowlogy (www.InterKnowlogy.com) • Tim Huckaby, Founder/Chairman (TimHuck@InterKnowlogy.com) • Custom Application Development / Consulting / Software & Systems Engineering Firm headquartered in Carlsbad, CA • Design, Architect, Build and Deploy Enterprise Class Applications • Industry Experts: • Most of the employees are published, MVPs, RD, Speakers, etc. • Microsoft .NET Application development since 2000 • Microsoft .NET Rich Client Pioneers / Industry Leaders • Microsoft Touch Application Development Leaders (Surface / Windows 7 / Silverlight 3) • Information Worker Solutions (VSTO & SharePoint) • Integration / Messaging, B2B / B2C, Wireless / Mobility • Leading Edge: Surface, WPF, Silverlight, Win7 touch, SharePoint, VSTO • Cutting Edge Solutions on emerging Microsoft technologies • Largest Client: Microsoft Actus Software (www.Actus-Software.com) • Tim Huckaby, Founder/CEO (TimHuck@Actus-Software.com) • Software Product Company, Coming soon…
Presentation Agenda • Touch Capable Computing: Using Natural User Interface (NUI) Technologies Improve The User Experience Multi-Touch Software built in Microsoft .NET: WPF, Surface, Silverlight, & the phone… Hardware & Software Platforms for Touch Computing Multi-Touch enabled applications used to improve the communication, education and user experience across the software continuum. Demos, Demos, Demos
About the Computer I am Using Today… • Acer Aspire 1420P • Give away “free” to all attendees at the PDC • One year old… • Price in October-2009: $420 • Price in November-2009: $350
Tim Huckaby Founder / Chairman, InterKnowlogy Founder / CEO, Actus Software Microsoft RD & MVP VIDEO
Tim Huckaby Founder, InterKnowlogy & Actus Software Microsoft RD & MVP DEMO Multi-Touch ScatterView Photos Application
The InterKnowlogy “Firebrick” Silverlight Multi-Touch ScatterView Control • What is it? • It’s a Silverlight Control for Intuitive & Comprehensive Multi-Touch Object Manipulation for your Web Applications. • Download Site: http://firebrick.interknowlogy.com/ • Example Problem(s) it solves: • Silverlight’s Touch API • Is rudimentary at best. Basically the API gives you “I know something has been touched; but, I don’t know what or where.” • Is difficult; takes a ton of programming to implement at any significant level • The Silverlight Multi-Touch ScatterView Control • Makes building a Multi-Touch capable application “Brain-dead simple” in a matter of minutes • Contains all the “heavy lifting”: thousands of lines of calculus and trigonometry • Contains a sample application and detailed “How-to” documentation • Installation Notes: • Free Developer and Low Cost ($99) production versions available • Usage Notes: Multi-Touch is supported in SL3 and above and currently only on Windows 7
Touch Capable Computing Devices are Not New 1972: PLATO IV Touch Screen Terminal The Microsoft Surface Windows 7 Multi-touch Present Future (Now) Past
Inexpensive Touch Capable, Non Proprietary Hardware • A Multi-Touch Capable Windows OS • A Consistent Multi-Touch API for .NET across 3 Windows Hardware/Software Platforms • Developer Productivity in Touch Capable Apps • The Forecast of Touch Capability in Every New Computing Device in the Short Term What is Relatively New is:
Tim Huckaby Founder / Chairman, InterKnowlogy Founder / CEO, Actus Software Microsoft RD & MVP Surface WPF 3D:The Scripps Research InstituteVitruView VIDEO
History of Surface 2001 The concept of an interactive table is born 2004 A dedicated group is formed, and more than 85 prototypes are developed 2003 The first prototype is presented to Bill Gates 2005 The look and feel of Surface is finalized 2007 Microsoft Surface is unveiled to the world 2011?
Single Touch vs. Multi-Touch • You get single touch “for free” in Windows 7 • Almost everywhere in Windows 7, a touch = a mouse click • Multi-Touch is the capability to recognize 2 or more fingers on the screen at once. • The iPhone made the “pinch gesture” a cultural norm in usability • Vernacular on hardware capability: “4 touches”
Capacitive Infrared Resistive TouchHardware Implementations
Sample Hardware Capacitive HP Touchsmart tx2N-trig (2-10) Capacitive Dell LatitudeXT2N-Trig (2-10) Infrared HP Touchsmart IQ816 NewWindow(2)
ResistiveThink Push Down and drag How to touch
How to touch CapacitiveThink Electric Impulse
Common hardware implementations • Capacitive • iPhone / iTouch – Capacitive multi-touch cell phone / PDA • HP TouchSmart TX2 – Dual touch capacitive laptop screen. • Dell Latitude XT – Multi-Touch tablet using N-Trig capacitive technology • MacBook Pro – Capacitive Multi-Touch pad with traditional click • N-Trig – Capacitive monitor overlay vendor (Windows 7 Drivers)
How to touch InfraredThink laser pointer(s)
Common hardware implementations • Infrared • Surface – Infrared diffused illumination multi-touch “table” device • Perceptive Pixel – Frustrated total internal reflection multi-touch panels • HP TouchSmart– Infrared dual touch bezel all in one computer • NextWindow – Infrared Multi-Touch bezel vendor (Windows 7 Drivers)
Tap Flick/Fling/Scroll Pinch/Spread Drag NUI Gestures
Tim Huckaby Founder / Chairman, InterKnowlogy Founder / CEO, Actus Software Microsoft RD & MVP Surface Craps VIDEO
Windows Desktop: WPF Surface: WPF Browser: Silverlight Phone: The Windows Mobile 7 phone Software Implementations(on the Microsoft platform)
Touch Scenarios and Windows 7 • Developer Platform • At the root is the touch developer platform that exposes touch APIs for any application • Key Scenarios for Multitouch • Navigating and consuming the Web • Reading and sorting email • Viewing photos • Playing casual games • Consuming music and video • Navigating files and arranging windows • Using Microsoft Office Applications • UI Enhancements • Focusing on core scenarios, many parts of the core UI optimized for touch experiences • Gestures • Multitouch gestures enable consistent panning and zooming in most applications • Applications • Powerful Multitouch-focused applications to ship separately from Windows 7 • Focused on Consumption
Silverlight… “WPF Light” Lightweight WPF runtime • Interactive experiences for devices, PC, & Mac platforms (and others…) • Strict subset of Windows Presentation Foundation • Lightweight download (4.2mbs) • Programming model uses XAML + Jscript + WPF • Access to WPF tooling • Touch Capability in Version 3.0 WPF-based Tools <XAML> <Button Width="100px"> OK <Button.Background> LightBlue </Button.Background> </Button> </XAML>
Tim Huckaby Founder / Chairman, InterKnowlogy Founder / CEO, Actus Software Microsoft RD & MVP EMN8 & REZN8 CUSTOMER
Tim Huckaby Founder / Chairman, InterKnowlogy Founder / CEO, Actus Software Microsoft RD & MVP demo from our Marketing VP Madeline Pantalone: “It's okay for you to use application for demonstration as long as you are sure to preface it with the phrase: "This is test data only. Products you see may have been created for testing purposes only."
NUI: Games as a Tool for Learning • Learning made Fun / Entertaining • Proven as a learning tool beyond just Children • Computer based Games are a significant part of popular culture • Educational Video Game Curriculums • MIT, UC Irvine, Minnesota, Mich State, etc.
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XBOX Kinect (Natal) Motion Based Interface $149.99 Availability: November 4th 40 million Xbox 360 owners RGB camera, three sensors (one depth sensor, one motion sensor, and one multi-array microphone) tracks full-body movement, facial expression, and voice with precision Navigate the entire Kinect Hub interface on your Xbox 360 without touching a conventional 360 controller. While you're watching a movie, you can verbally instruct the Xbox to stop, fast-forward, rewind, exit out, etc. by calling out easy commands like, "Xbox. Fast-forward." or "Xbox. Pause.“ Kinect sensor bar scans and monitors 1 million points on the body
XBOX Kinect (Natal) Video • Tim Huckaby • Founder / Chairman, InterKnowlogy • Founder / CEO, Actus Software • Microsoft RD & MVP
The Bad News: • Not many applications at launch • Not really any applications at launch; just games • “little kid games” • No exposed API at launch, plus the legal restrictions of “hacking it” • No building your own apps • No integration with any of the Microsoft Stack • No vertical solutions • ….for the immediate future • XBOX Kinect (Natal)
Conscious and non-conscious Interfaces • High fidelity EG acquisition device • No conductive gel, etc. • Non-invasive • Use Case Examples: • Conscious: mind manipulation of objects • Non-Conscious: Ranking music • First target market: gaming • $300!!!
Video • Tim Huckaby • Founder / Chairman, InterKnowlogy • Founder / CEO, Actus Software • Microsoft RD & MVP
C++ Header files and Import Libraries …which means… • Wrap the SDK in managed C++ thereby exposing a the API to a C# application • That is very powerful… • Emotiv SDK
Multi-Touch Capable • Common gestures of touch • Gesture Capable • Motion Based Interface • Tracking of full-body movement, facial expression, and voice with precision • Neural Capable • Conscious and non-conscience interfaces • Non Invasive • NUI • The Natural User Interface
Summary • We are at the Cusp of the NUI computing revolution • There are still many “standards” yet to be adopted • Multi-Touch computing will become a mainstream aspect of NUI and consequently of software development • Paradigm Shift from GUI to NUI (Natural User Interface) • Touch capable computing changes the way you design systems and differentiates your applications • Shifting from desktop applications to multi-touch based applications will be a cultural change like the mouse was • There are other components of NUI other than just touch… • Neural & Gesture based interfaces
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