Quick sidenote on another project I’m working on. Another collaboration with multitouch-hard- and software wizzard Johannes Luderschmidt, which is an interactive case-scenario tool for the police of the state of Hessen in Germany called Vispol. It was originally concepted and developed as a masterstudy by Johannes but is now a full-grown software for instant use on multitouch able surfaces. I created the design concept for this has-to-be-very-functional software and developed all the designs. And yes, it’s all circles again. Believe me, it was the best suitable form for this use.
What you can see now is a movie about Vispol 1.0, but we’re already working on a design update, which will feature a much better contrast and signal colours. You can see all details about it on our collaborative website www.visactible.com.
The set up for the Central Saint Martins Final MA Show startet at 8am sharp at the Mall Galleries. Within 2 days the whole show was set up. Our multitouch-able table with the Digital Volvelles interface had to face some problems with the gallery lighting, which was interfering with our LED-sensorial movement tracking of the table. It took a lot of attempts, patience, and staying power until we realized that also the reflecting light off the white gallery walls was interfering with the multitouch-table. The light temperature of the bulbs was too warm. The touchscreen functioned without any problems in a brightly lit room where ‘cold’ artificial neonlight was used. Again, a new thing we learned, even on the spot of an exhibition. Johannes might now turn to laserlight for table version 2.0.
Setting up the table and the interface:
The empty gallery space in the beginning of the set up:
This overview shows the main wheel-interface-design in two states:
– In turning mode (top) and
– In being activated/clicked/touched mode (bottom)
It will become the main element of the touchscreen. Each wheel can be dragged on top of each other, creating not only new retrieval combinations for the content but also new colors. The order of the wheels is defined by the user, which allows the user a very personalized approach to the content. All settings are always visible and can be easily changed by the user. This way the user gets a very transparent feeling about the changes and what effects those changes have on the output.
BASIC INTERFACE DESIGN:
About 6 wheels for different retrieval possibilities are available to start the retrieval process. The chosen one has to be dragged to the center of the interface:
Wheels can be pushed back to the corners to chose another order of the retrieval. To narrow down the output, wheels can be dragged on top of each other: