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Tuesday, February 10 • 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Voice & Gesture

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With the rise of gestural interfaces and ubiquitous computing experiences, users encounter systems with few physical affordances for interaction. Designers have tried overcoming these barriers to use by offering multi-page instruction screens upon application startup, introductory courses for first time device users, and significant feedback for allowed and non-allowed interactions.

How do you introduce users to new gestures and ways of interacting without extensive help modules or person-to-person assistance? How do people discover that a four-finger swipe is an interaction with purpose, not an accident? Where is the sweet spot between an overly assistive interface and one that leaves the user grasping for a lifeline?

This talk reviews some of the latest assistance methods in touch, gesture-based and voice interaction, with examples from the introduction and refinement of gestures on the Xbox, the trials of photo-taking and editing on phones, Apple’s hidden gestural language, challenges faced by the Google Now and Glass teams, and almost-ready-for-public devices like the Leap Motion controller. You'll learn about models for gestural interaction at the device, operating system, and application level, and get tips for creating new gestural interfaces, including methods for teaching gestures to users and finding new ways of interacting with devices.

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Abi Jones

Interaction Designer, Google
Abi Jones designs for Google in California. | | She lives near the beach, writes the comic Dear Future, notes sidewalk stamps, has a keen understanding of new interaction methods, and helps people improve products through sketching and storyboarding workshops. | | Abi was born in Oregon, took a degree in Art History in Seattle, taught 3rd grade in Texas, worked at an education start-up in DC, and earned her Masters degree in Virginia.

Tuesday February 10, 2015 3:10pm - 4:00pm
4. Contemporary Jewish Museum: Goldman Hall 736 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103