by Lynn Teo
With every new “form factor” comes a unique set of design conventions and interaction paradigms. The emergence of tablet interfaces such as the iPad marks a new chapter in digital design. How much of web navigation or smartphone conventions persist in this new world? And what are we seeing that's new? Are there specific wayfinding and browsing mechanisms that make for a satisfying and productive iPad user experience? Based on an assessment of 50+ iPad applications that run the gamut from utility/transactional interfaces to comic readers and other publishing apps, this presentation provides a focused analysis and assessment of navigation methods in a distilled format. Navigation schemas will be explored by interaction design themes, supported by examples, and recommendations on when best to employ them.
by Glenda Watson Hyatt and Karen Tsang
For the masses, the iPad is the latest, hottest, must-have toy. But, for people with disabilities the iPad is life changing: enabling communication, unlocking minds and fostering independence. However in purchasing these devices lays the challenge: oftentimes websites with product information are inaccessible to this market, which has a discretionary spending power of $175 billion in the United States alone.
The session’s goals are to identify some barriers people with disabilities regularly face, making it difficult to participate fully online; explain the four guiding principles of what makes blogs and websites accessible; and offer key questions to begin asking and what resources exist to make sites more accessible to this under tapped market.
By giving short vignettes of how people with disabilities are using iPads, faces are put to the size of this disability market - and putting faces to the need for web accessibility. This brings alive the technical requirements and guiding principles of web accessibility.
It’s been a big year for the connected TV—even Google jumped into the market—and it’s looking like it is going to get even bigger. DisplaySearch forecasts that by 2013, 100 million connected TVs will be shipped, up 546 percent from 2009’s 15 million. The connected TV opens up the door for consumers to access content beyond traditional broadcast TV to include Internet content and online video. While the pay TV ecosystem grapples with the threat that over the top content brings, it’s using devices like the Apple iPad to infuse cool apps for consumers to interact with their TV: Comcast has shown how the iPad can program a DVR and search for shows. And networks are going straight to consumers with the ABC and Hulu apps. But so many questions remain: It can be difficult to find stuff to watch with 300 channels, but what about when connected TVs can access thousands of Internet channels? And what about that elusive remote control that’s lost again somewhere in the family room—will we be using another device? This session will cut through the clutter of the ever-growing connected TV landscape to help form a clearer picture of what’s coming up on those three (or four) screens in your home.
11th–15th March 2011