January saw the annual CES event take place in Las Vegas where thousands of exhibitors show off the latest technology and gadgets. Seems like this year it 3D TV, slates and e-readers that got the most attention. Catch all the action at Engadget. Image via Crunchgear
The biggest mobile news was the launch of Googles Nexus One phone, looks like the technical specs of the phone are almost up there with netbooks with a Qualcomm QSD 8250 1 GHz processor. The Nexus One was designed by HTC, which has a close relationship with Google.
Continuing with new technology launched at CES, Ford and IDEO showed the latest in driver interface design; MyFord Touch the newest rendition of the Ford Sync, Ford's dashboard-integrated, voice-controlled car connectivity system.In the initial planning stages of redesigning the interior experience, Ford and IDEO identified four key attributes of successful interfaces:
1. Be attentive: Use controls, screens and other interfaces with which most users already are comfortable and familiar.
2. Be approachable: Create an attractive environment with rich graphics, vibrant colors and buttons/screens that are appealing to the eye and the touch, and consistent with what consumers expect from certain functions.
3. Be clear: Rather than an imposing cluster of buttons, switches and dials, create a clean-looking interface, with controls that fall readily to hand and displays that are exactly where users expect to find them. Provide maximum control without the driver’s hands ever leaving the steering wheel.
4. Be connected: For technophiles? Let drivers display all the information they want in the way they want it. For technophobes? Make sure basic controls, like radio and HVAC settings, still are accessible via familiar stack-mounted controls, so users don’t have to learn a host of new commands to operate the vehicle.
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