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IntuiFace and the User Experience Trends of 2017 - Trend #8: Designing for Touch Alternatives

IntuiFace and the User Experience Trends of 2017 - Trend #8:  Designing for Touch Alternatives
This is the eight article in our series about the top user experience trends of 2017 and how to implement them in IntuiFace.

User
Experience Trend # 8 – Designing for Touch Alternatives

Touch alternatives: What are they?

There is a world beyond
touch where touch is not the only medium of interaction. Here are some other
forms of interactions that can be coupled with touch or can work on their
own:

  • Beacons- Beacons are low-energy devices broadcasting either a unique identifier or a URL.
  • Similar in concept to
    beacon technology, RFID/NFC systems uniquely identify tagged items.
  • -The Internet of Things is
    the universe of network-accessible devices that can send and receive
    information, everything from room lights and thermostats to possibly even your refrigerator.
  • Speech Recognition- Use of the spoken word to express selections and share information.
  • – Proximity and motion
    sensors can identify the presence or approach of onlookers.
  • - Tangible objects are
    items whose shape and orientation can be detected by a display when placed upon that display.
  • Demographic-based
    Interactions-
    Identify and react to age, gender, group size and more in real time.
  •  Back to the basics but oh
    so useful. You may need to consider designing for these when creating your
    experiences.
  • - Conversion of static and
    dynamic text into speech for the visually impaired.
  • – Allow interactive
    experiences to communicate and interact with one another.
  • QR Codes- Graphic representations of URLs that are easily consumed by mobile devices.

To read more about these
types of interactions you can head over to

Touch alternatives: When to use them?

You can either use
these alternatives on their own or combine them with touch. There could be
multiple reasons to use these touch alternatives. Let’s look at some of them:

Drive attention:

interactive
technologies like beacons or proximity sensors are a great way to capture the attention passers-by. For example, imagine having a digital signage display in a store window. You could use beacon technology or proximity sensors to get someone's attention. Couple that with a touch screen to improve engagement as they get closer to
the screen.

Proximity sensors integrated in a Digital Signage screen
Design for
accessibility:

If you want your
interactive display to accommodate the physically challenged, you need to couple your
touch technology with other interactive options like text to speech and speech
recognition. For more, read this article about

Digital Signage designed for touch, sight, hearing

 

Take-home
information:

Your visitors
have interacted with your touchscreen and you want to provide them with a
take-away like a coupon or a brochure. You could choose to add
QR codes or, in a more modern twist, you
could broadcast a URL directly to their device using the

Include the environment:

Imagine matching the room lightning
to the content of your screen. Imagine having physical
objects that can react to user selection.That's true immersion!

 

Touch
alternatives: How to use them in IntuiFace?

sure, IntuiFace is the market leader in no coding,
touch-first content creation. But it might surprise you to know that its focus is
on interactivity of all kinds, not just fingers on a screen. From speech
recognition and beacon technology to the Internet of Things, IntuiFace is
there, putting even the most complex technology in the hands of the creative in
all of us. To see how IntuiFace can be coupled with these technologies

Chloe Canella
Chloe Canella

I'm IntuiLab's Customer Success Manager, here to help you succeed and create awesomeness with IntuiFace. 

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