Saturday, May 24, 2008

Design Considerations: Touch screen interaction, mobile computing, and Synaptics

Credit: Synaptics
Keeping with my theme of touch-screen interaction, I thought I'd share some information about the work of Synaptics. I am not sure if Synaptics is venturing into the world of large touch-screen interaction, given their focus on laptops and smaller devices. From looking over the company's documents, it is clear that some of what they do could translate effectively to the large-screen arena.

Example: Synaptic's YouTube video about the use of gesture interaction with laptops:

Synaptics Presents: Things You Can Do with a Gesture

According to the company's website,

"Synaptics is the leading worldwide developer of user interface solutions for mobile computing, communications and entertainment devices. Our mission is to enrich the interaction between users and their intelligent devices. Synaptics products emphasize ease of use,small size, low power consumption, advanced functionality, durability and reliability, making them applicable to a multitude of markets, including notebook computers, PC peripherals, mobile phones, and portable entertainment devices such as MP3 players."

Kevin Arthur's Touch Usability Blog
(Kevin is a usability analyst who works with touch interfaces at Synaptics)

Voltage's Post "Best Practices of Touch Screen Interface Design"
Voltage Creative

Design and the Bottom-Line
Voltage's Post "Your Customers Care about Design, Even if they Don't"
"A 3-year Fortune-500 study conducted by research firm
Homepage" href="">Peer Insight found companies focused on customer-experience design outperformed the S&P 500 by 10-to-1 from 2000-2005. One more time for those in the back: that was 10-1. Your customers care about design; a lot; ten-to-one a lot. Even if they don’t (know it)."

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