Touch the Sky Update

November 23, 2008 at 7:30 pm (Interface Design Principles, Research, Uni Lectures)

So a few weeks ago three people from the Sky Interactive Design Team came down to hear our ideas on the Sky Interactive brief. We presented the idea in front of the group and had a mixed but helpfull feedback to the idea. Basically the generall consensus was to focus on the social networking side of things and create a platform where viewing content can be shared with friends and family across the globe. The multi-touch tracking was a nice idea but was possibly putting too much onto our plates. I still really like the idea of interactive content and multi-touch tracking and feel it will inevitably come into our every day lives at some point or another, but for now social networking seems to be the more realistic next step in interactive media content and so thats the area we shall concentrate on.

Other points Shin raised in her last post are worth talking about, such as the presentation, which needs a lot of work before we present it properly. Apart from focusing on the one aspect of the idea, the presentation needs to be delivered much better, whilst considering the negatives and disadvantages to certain user groups, such as the over 50’s. In particular, the over 50’s were a generation Sky told us were important to consider, as they are a large audience and one that will not be swayed by fancy designs and layouts and slang language and terminology. We shall have to consider this when developing the idea.


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Multi-touch Tracking and other technologies

November 4, 2008 at 3:24 pm (Interesting, Interface Design Principles, Research, Uni Lectures)

Here are a list of sites and videos with examples of the technologies we are looking at for the Touch the Sky project. Some are more relevant than others but all have their individual influence.

Johnny Chung Lee –

Multi-Touch Interaction –

Reactable –

Touchlib –

Multi-Touch on Mac –

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Introduction to Sky – Touch the Sky

November 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm (Interesting, Interface Design Principles, Research, Uni Lectures)


As part of one of our units this year we are required to think of the next level in Sky Interactive home entertainment, using technologies not readily available in todays market. My idea uses multi touch tracking to get rid of standard tv controllers, enabling the user to control all elements of the TV using just their hands within a set 3D space. This will also be translated in a social networking format, like facebook and myspace, where users will be able to add channels as friends and download and save audio/visual files within their profiles. Different users within a household will have different profiles to personalise their own space. Interactive elements will be incorporated as programs are being watched, such as colouring in/join the dots/play along musical instruments for children’s programs etc. Im looking forward to pitching the idea as I feel it could well actually be the next step in home viewing.

None-the-less there will be many teething problems with our ideas to overcome, such as userbility for disabled people and setting up the 3D space so all members of a family can use it properly. We will also need to figure out a complete set of hand gestures for the controls, based on gestures most people would do naturally. This will lead to much user testing and experimentation. Ill keep you posted with developments, experiments and research based on the technologies we are looking at…

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Bump Top

November 4, 2008 at 2:41 pm (Interesting, Interface Design Principles, Research)


The easiest way to demonstrate this application is to watch the explanation given by the creater, Anand Agarawala at The idea utilises a 3D desktop environment instead of a 2 dimentional work area. I love the idea but don’t like the interface they use. It needs to be more attractive and easy to use, so easy anyone can use it. Ill be interested to see where this idea ends up.

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