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tabletappsI’m about to start a research project with some academic colleagues from the HCI community in the area of touch-based applications. What we want to create isn’t a game as such, but it contains game-like elements in that it needs to support:

  • the creation and deletion of ’tiles’ that can be dragged and dropped over a canvas
  • grouping, stacking and labelling of tiles
  • the ability to pan, zoom and manipulate the canvas

We are not aiming to create a product here – that will come much, much later (if at all). Instead, what we want to do is find/create a platform that allows a distributed team of researchers (who are technical but *not* developers by training) to rapidly experiment with interaction design ideas with the minimum fuss, ceremony & learning curve. So our immediate questions are:

  • Can we achieve this as a browser-based web app? (in a previous life I’ve developed Java applets, but that was many years ago & have no idea whether that is still a good solution)
  • Is it better to develop a native app? If so, which platform best fits the criteria above (iOS? Android? Surface?)
  • Is there any other possibility we’ve missed?

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[This must be my shortest blog post ever] Just a quick note to say the deadline for EuroHCIR has been extended by 1 week, to June 29. Keep those papers coming in!

 

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Just a quick reminder that next Friday (22nd) is the deadline for submissions to EuroHCIR 2012, which I am co-organising with Max Wilson, Birger Larsen and James Kalbach. This is only the second year we’ve run the event, so we’re hoping for a good set of submissions to keep up momentum we generated in 2011. As before, we’re accepting both research and practice-oriented papers, so if you have any queries (particularly about the latter) just drop me a line.

The event itself is on August 25 in Amsterdam, co-located with IIiX. I’ve appended a summary of the call for papers below, and further details can be found at the EuroHCIR 2012 website. Hope to see you there!

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