For most people, especially office workers, the desk is the main workspace utilised. With the growing importance of technology in the work place the typical desk also usually has at least one vertical display that shows digital content and a larger horizontal area, containing input devices such as a mouse, keyboard and documents. BendDesk is a curved interactive surface that combines a horizontal and vertical multi-touch surface seamlessly with a curve. Such a touch sensitive desk seems to be the logical step for the ever-immersive technologies that are cropping up and and is an exciting vision of the future of office spaces.
A research and development team in Taiwan has developed the technology that can convert your television in to a touch screen device. The possibilities are endless, as turning a plain display in to a multi-touch device is no mean feat. The device consists of two sensors, one on the top corner and the other at the bottom corner. The sensors can detect the movement of the fingers on the screen, thereby allowing the user to interact with the display just like a touch screen device. It can also detect multi- touch gesture and hence zoom is also possible. I can see this being especially useful in the office environment where a touch screen would be helpful for presentations etc, but the cost of a fully fledged touch screen is just not justifiable.
IDEO (pronounced “eye-dee-oh”) describes itself as an award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centred approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow. It is therefore unsurprising that when they set about redesigning the ATM machine for Spanish bank BBVA, their whole ethos focused on one key aim – the humanising of the ATM machine. They did this by incorporating a large touch screen and a much simpler user interface than currently exists. What’s more , their ATM also attempts to personalise the screen depending on the user, for example suggesting short-cuts based on the customer’s previous transactions. Thus, the idea is that the customer will be able to do far more as compared to a traditional ATM, but in a more efficient and less complicated way. One of the cleverest new features is the position of the machine itself, which is placed in such a way that it forces other customers to get in line next to the ATM rather than behind. This therefore makes transactions far more pleasant since there is no risk of someone looking over your shoulder, and the menacing feeling which accompanies that.
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