Friday, March 02, 2007

Puttings small screens next to keys

Does this key layout work? ...

"I’m not sure whether to be excited or terrified by NeoKeys. They’ve removed the labels from the keypad and placed several rows of LCDs above an enlarged keyset. The benefit is that the key behaviors can adapt to context through very specific labeling (fantastic!). The problem is that the keypad layout is fixed for every interaction, and is severely lacking in visual cues to help interpret the context and controls. Looking at some of the product shots and demos makes me feel like I’m looking at an ATM on steroids; there’s just so much to process and so little helping me focus.

The only benefit NeoKeys offers above a dual screen configuration is the haptic response of the keys and the ability to easier target the buttons (but haptic technology is not far away from becoming a reality on touchscreen consumer goods). They’ve done a good job showcasing the invention on the site that boldly claims the system is “a new way to do everything."    (Continued via Small Surfaces)    [Usability Resources]

NeoKeys - Usability, User Interface Design



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