By Ultan O'Broin-Oracle on Aug 05, 2010
I previously talked about the natural user interface (NUI) on the iPad and discussed some of the key aspects, as well explained by my colleague John Cartan on the usableapps blog.
Yesterday, on the personal front, I met with folks from Tethras and Sparkle Apps (the creators of the Jigsaw Box iPad app) at the Science Gallery in Trinity College Dublin. Amongst other things, we discussed the NUI of the iPad and discussed the natural gesture approach and what it meant for developers. There are some excellent Apple-provided UX guidelines for use, but, it would seem to me for a large pool of developers to take full advantage of the possibilities of the NUI, more detailed usage guidelines on how these gestures fit into the UX are needed.
And then, of course, there are the international considerations of gestures. Gestures need to be used appropriately of course, but some of these might even be considered quite rude, depending on perspective (use of hand gestures can be a nightmare for localization). What an interesting research area!
By the way, if you haven't got Jigsaw Box on your iPad, you're missing out on a great game experience. And it's now in seven languages. Great job! And watch out for more in the mobile app localization (that's translation to you) space from the Tethras folks real soon. Great to see the Irish making such an impact on the global mobile app market.