Sorry for coming in so late to the conversation. My dad has been in the intensive care unit since March 3rd, in Ohio. He lives alone in Michigan, my siblings live in Texas, and I live in N.C., the past few weeks have been rough!
I’d like to contribute to this effort. My strengths are in the areas of UX, usability & accessibility/"universal design”. I’d like some input from NUI-Group members about what I should contribute. Would I be the only female contributor?
My present projects - when I have time to work on them, include designing applications that allow for multi-modal and multiple means of input/output, even from remote devices and locations. Because I’m a school psychologist, I try to ensure that what I do can also be modified for education and intervention/treatment purposes, (even health care, given my father’s health situation).
Right now, I’m experimenting with remote video at one of my schools. I’m also on an interactive wireless sensor network kick, and just beginning to think about how I could rig things up an interactive MT/NUI display or system of displays and devices.
I guess this might be the place to explain my cognitive style.
The culture of scholarly research demands that we should be narrow and specific, but my brain doesn’t work this way.
I look at the big picture. Since I am a visual thinker, my ideas pop in my head like an rich and detailed interactive graphic. Without forcing it, I take a systems approach and look at patterns, connections, and interconnections first. When I think about “emerging” technologies, the things that pop into my mind are not narrow in focus. (I can “drill down” if I need to do so- usually if I’m sketching out my ideas.)
I am clearly aware that it is recommended to look at a specific, small piece of a topic.
Here is a statement that summarizes my burning questions:
What sort of factors-hardware, software, sensor networks, embedded systems, interaction, navigation, 3D navigation etc. need to be addressed in order to decrease the user’s cognitive load, support learning and memory, enhance communication and collaboration, enhance information/data visualization, etc.?