As an avid fan of all things Star Trek*, I can’t help but hear Mr. Spock’s voice when I read about all these sensors we have watching and helping us in our lives today. Unfortunately as a developer, I usually feel like the guy in the red shirt on the away party when Spock says, “Sir, sensors indicate we are clear to send Mr. Duncan into the cave”. The cave in which I am then killed by the monster that extracts all the salt from my body. The real nightmare is that I’m the guy responsible for the monster detection code.
Well, just last week I returned from one of our first Application Development Labs (AppLab) devoted to development on the Intel Platform on Windows* 8 for touch, sensor, and HTML5. The event took place in Los Angeles (LA) California in the United States.
Depending on who you talk to, touch (touch-based apps, touch screens, touch-based OS’s, etc.) is either the Second Coming incarnate or the downfall of technology as we know it. Love it or hate it, touch tech is definitely here to stay, and is becoming more ubiquitous all the time.
This week, Forrester Research, an independent technology and market research company, released an insightful report based on the results of an global survey that asked respondents what they thought were the most disruptive technologies that were currently emerging or about to emerge.
We have flexibility when developing apps in HTML5 and publishing to Intel AppUp® using the HTML5 encapsulator. However, when we start developing apps for touch-enabled devices, we soon hit certain roadblocks.
In part one of this series on making touch-based apps for kids, we talked about a fascinating research project that Sesame Street’s technology development arm released on best practices when developing touch-based apps for children. In that first article, we looked at what the primary objectives should be, interactive design suggestions, and the most common touch gestures that most children use when within an app.
Sesame Street, the iconic show that has made learning fun for millions of children around the world for decades, isn’t just about puppets, ABC’s, and the number of the day. The company also has a dedicated app development and technology arm that is behind some pretty amazing games and apps that reinforce the learning concepts that Sesame Street is known for.