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When typing on a computer, keying in a phone number on a telephone, or a PI Number on an ATM or POS, isn't tactile feedback just as relevant as it is for other applications? Absolutely yes. That's why you can't (reliably) use your touchscreen smartphone if you can't look at it. I used to write SMSs doing something else because muscle memory did all the job ...


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Advantages A touch screen has the advantage of greater context sensitivity. The sizes, shapes, colors, and labels of controls can change during operation to reflect what is needed for a particular step of a process. Non-touch devices often simulate this by placing a control next to the bottom or side of the screen and displaying a label next to that control,...


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One less device We use touch screens because it removes the device that acts as a proxy for our hands. Humans act on the physical world haptically—through touch and pressure. A mouse, or other pointing device, lets the user move a pointer that represents a finger. Touch removes the need for the proxy device. It also enables multi-touch in a way that ...


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I have a critical view on touchscreen usage, but their huge advantage is the flexibility of dynamic interaction and representations. It is not related strictly with money -- you simply can't create some complex transitions with physical controls. Another reason is direct manipulation. It is still not perfect because of lack of tactile feedback and some ...


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ACM Digital Library (dl.acm.org) is really helpful when doing focused literature review. For more general research you can access Google Scholar search engine. I also recommend a great tool called Mendeley, that keeps track of your research and uploads all your material to the cloud (also generates the citations...) There are a number of papers on ...


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A little about touchscreen POSes in a service industry environment. They are actually enormously advantageous over tactile buttons for a few reasons. Button assignments change frequentlyIn the older registers with tactile buttons, the function of the button would have to be reprogrammed when an item changed. Not only would the price, item categories, etc.,...


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Here is a good article that explains the problem and give some tips on how to solve it. Making Hit Areas Sufficiently Distinct Also there is a good read by nngroup Beyond Blue Links: Making Clickable Elements Recognizable About this problem in the desktop platform, there you can find some more tips on how to approach this issue. TL;DR Use some kind ...


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Apple has published couple of guidelines. With regards to 3D Touch, they seem to be taking hands-off approach on the discoverability because its usage patterns can be quite varied. https://developer.apple.com/library/prerelease/ios/documentation/UserExperience/Conceptual/Adopting3DTouchOniPhone/ Indication of peek availability With a light press, ...


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Assuming that you are targeting Android and iOS devices, you should try to use icons that are already known to users and popular among the Android/iOS ecosystem. For web, you could use Material Design Lite or Polymer to do the same. You can see a list of icons following Material Design for Android here. Now, if you have any icon that is not accurately ...


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What are the advantages to using a touch screen for a user interface in a computing device or a thermostat, compared to an input device that provides tactile feedback? Since you are asking for advantages I will try to just list the advantages here I see: State can be saved and restored quite simple. A physical slider would require to be motor driven to ...


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Touchscreens are great for when you can take your eyes off the road. Which, while driving, is a vanishingly small part of the time. Most of the commonly used functions in a car remain with knobs (NOT sliders which are horrible in a bouncing vehicle) buttons and stalks because you can reach in the right direction, grasp the proper control by feel, and actuate ...


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I don't think you can rely on it and should always check if the hardware is present. My best estimate would be that this is, in most cases, true, albeit the devices that are "smart" and powerful enough to run said application. That being said, have you considered the usability part of such an idea, like, how can they discover this gesture? Will they have to ...


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It is never really safe to assume anything along these lines. No not all touch devices in the past 5 years will have gyroscopic technology (the feature that registers tilt). I have had quite a few lower end cell phones with touch input but no gyroscope (or other related features like accelerometer). Even if the device did have a gyroscope maybe it will be ...


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Try using accordion steps if horizontal tabs are not fitting the screen width; many e-commerce websites like http://www.flipkart.com/ use them for checkout process. And the easiest front-end with jQuery


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Don't overcomplicate the interaction patterns, use existing common patterns that would be easy to remember and use. Potential Solution (wires below) Image shows several pins - nothing special User taps on a pin - a side panel slides out with information on the selected location User taps on other pins - selected locations are added into the side panel ...


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A map pin denotes a location, it doesn't give you info about what that location is in order for the user to make the decision that "Yes, I'm interested in this location". So something like this may make sense download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups When user clicks/taps on the pin, display a popover with details about ...


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Is there a reason why the user needs to see the Saturday menu on Tuesday? If not, present options only for that day (default always to today on opening) and if the user needs to select for another day she can choose the day and then see the options for that day. This will also allow more room for the options because the type would have to be pretty small ...


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Touchscreens offer almost infinite possibilities for variable user interfaces, but tactile buttons offer accuracy, speed, motor memory and safer operation in a moving vehicle. There seems to be a an almost stalemate between the desire to offer a flexible UI and the need for physical buttons in a moving vehicle. But there may be a solution... Why not offer ...


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long-press - for first item selection touch - for subsequent selections According to Google https://www.google.com/design/spec/patterns/selection.html# The global gesture to select data is a long-press, a touch or mousedown that’s held in the same position for a moment. A two-finger touch may also trigger selection on touch devices. Item ...


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I believe you are referring to arabic speaking countries in the middle eastern region. While most commonly left to right is the swipe direction, It would need to be in reverse in this case, i.e. swiping right to left, just as the way they read from right to left as well as books also start at the opposite end compared to western books.


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What kind of risks or concerns should I know about? When I completed my first kiosk project I neglected to think about the uptime requirements and the boot process. Specifically: what hours will the kiosk run? who will start/stop the kiosk? what happens if the power goes out? It is critical to pick a platform that you can write an automated boot ...


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As said in Wikipedia, TLM is an addition to GOMS family, a mutation of a sorts of KLM (keystroke level model). They both use a method of splicing user tasks into ever smaller pieces of action, all the way down to, as name suggests, keystroke level. In KLM these actions has durations that have been obtained empirically. When you know the sequence of actions ...


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If you are only looking for resources to review and compare against, I would suggest looking at most popular devices in the market today. Below is the list I was able to find: Windows Touch Gestures Overview New gestures you have to master to tame Windows 10 Use Multi-Touch gestures on your Mac Google Design Patterns - Touch


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Ouch! No matter why this happened you have to deal with your frustrated users. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t read the terms properly or if Apple change something along the way – you have a serious usability issue. What you can do is to explain that this happened. It may ease the pressure some of your users feel, and the one topic to grasp that users ...


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I've asked Your questions to our lead ux tester and she answered the next: That is a very good idea - and also proved to be useful - to let the user turn on textual controls or function titles alongside icons on their wish and that is even better when this 'help' switch is available on every page consistently at the same place - but if You put it ...


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There's a very good read from Aurora Bedford on icon usability: https://www.nngroup.com/articles/icon-usability/ and there's a section arguing that "icons need a text label": To help overcome the ambiguity that almost all icons face, a text label must be present alongside an icon to clarify its meaning in that particular context. (And even if you’re ...


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The reasoning is to have a single tap access to important content or go straight to the Home screen or have Android 6.0 Marshmallow's contextual "Now on Tap" search access. It's similar to Window's Taskbar with the Start button. You may not admit to make use of it as often and might relate to it as "Wasted screen estate", but you should be using it quite ...


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While this doesn't necessarily apply to thermostat controls or other complicated screens, touch screens are excellent to use because they're intuitive. I know a lot of people who are not very savvy with computers, but show them how to swipe and pinch and they'll immediately be able to organise their photos and they're not likely to forget the basic actions. ...


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Touch screens are not in and of themselves good or bad at any given application. As someone who designs, builds and tests kiosk and kiosk software for a living it might be surprising to hear that I think physical interfaces are better (currently) at all kinds of tasks, especially in the car. One of the problems is that touch screens are relatively new tech (...


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There is one clear advantage to use touch screens. Its not really a UX question though. Touchscreens are cheaper for the manufacturer to design for. Designing the buttons and fixing the interaction is a costly process requiring mechanical engineering and sourcing. A touch screen is essentially easy to place in. It is also easy to developers of the ...



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