Prototyping Touch Screens

25 Jul 2007 - 12:34pm
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Dan Saffer
2003

I'm working on a tiny touch screen device right now. Anyone
experimented with using the iPhone for prototyping touch interaction?

On a similar note, what have people been using to prototype large
(kiosk-screen sized) touch interactions? I've used Acer tablets in
the past, but are there any other options?

Dan

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25 Jul 2007 - 12:53pm
Barbara Ballard
2005

On 7/25/07, Dan Saffer <dan at odannyboy.com> wrote:
> I'm working on a tiny touch screen device right now. Anyone
> experimented with using the iPhone for prototyping touch interaction?
>
> On a similar note, what have people been using to prototype large
> (kiosk-screen sized) touch interactions? I've used Acer tablets in
> the past, but are there any other options?
>

You might try open source Linux phones:
http://www.trolltech.com/products/qtopia/greenphone
http://www.openmoko.com/products-index.html

--
Barbara Ballard
barbara at littlespringsdesign.com 1-785-838-3003

25 Jul 2007 - 1:12pm
Dave Malouf
2005

Hi Dan,
We are doing some EDA touchscreen prototyping right now, and trying
to create mini-apps for safari.
It wasn't as clear and easy as I thought it would be. But it also is
really just HTML, so it isn't that hard.
-- dave

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25 Jul 2007 - 5:46pm
Dan Saffer
2003

On Jul 25, 2007, at 10:34 AM, Dan Saffer wrote:

> On a similar note, what have people been using to prototype large
> (kiosk-screen sized) touch interactions? I've used Acer tablets in
> the past, but are there any other options?

My colleague Dan Harrelson at AP answered this for me, so passing it
along to you all:

<http://www.touchscreens.com/products-addon.html>

"Touchscreen add-ons are an easy and affordable way to add touch
screen interaction to an existing display. The touch add-ons that we
offer will allow users to operate their PC by touching the display
screen. Great for home, school, office use, and more. They are also a
good solution for prototyping or demonstrating touchscreen
applications."

26 Jul 2007 - 1:27pm
Will Parker
2007

On Jul 25, 2007, at 3:46 PM, Dan Saffer wrote:

> On Jul 25, 2007, at 10:34 AM, Dan Saffer wrote:
>
>> On a similar note, what have people been using to prototype large
>> (kiosk-screen sized) touch interactions? I've used Acer tablets in
>> the past, but are there any other options?
>
> My colleague Dan Harrelson at AP answered this for me, so passing it
> along to you all:
>
> <http://www.touchscreens.com/products-addon.html>

Another (relatively) inexpensive alternative is the Riverdeep
touchscreen:

http://www.riverdeep.net/portal/page?
_pageid=353,162434,353_162438&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

Available for 15" and 17" screens. Works on Mac and Windows (Linux
folk will presumably roll their own drivers as part of their daily
workflow, yes?) Emulates the standard mouse functionality of the OS,
so only supports single-touch/single-pointer, but on the other hand,
will work with existing software. Works via pressure-sensitive
sensors, so no problems with stylii, mouthsticks or fingernails.

(And by the way, users of _modern_ computers can thank me for
personally badgering The Company Formerly Known As Edmark into
adopting USB for this product before I left for Microsoft.)

On a related note, you're likely to find all of the aforementioned
properties in any *add-on* touchscreen device, as they tend to be
designed for special-needs students in a K-12 educational
environment. Simplicity, durability and cheapness reign in that market.

If you need something more sophisticated (and correspondingly
expensive), look at touchscreens for the industrial market, but be
aware that your Tablet PC solution will start to look more attractive
price-wise.

- Will

Will Parker
wparker at ChannelingDesign.com

“I wish developing great products was as easy as writing a check. If
that were the case, then Microsoft would have great products.” -
Steve Jobs

29 Jul 2007 - 9:08pm
.pauric
2006

Dont know how much you need to prototype, just came across this diy
capacitive screen.
http://projects.dimension-x.net/

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