Internet of Things? Meet Interactive Experiences
IntuiFace Version 4.5.3 introduces our first out-of-the-box support for a connected object – i.e. for any device other than a traditional PC that can be accessed, queried and/or controlled over the Internet.
Interactive experience designers can now use IntuiFace on both a Windows PC and the iPad to control the Philips hue light, changing colors, brightness and display modes such as blinking and color transition. We achieved this through the use of our existinginterface asset concept – in this case, via our REST support – so consider our Philips hue support to be a reference implementation, something you can learn from to create your own support for any connected object in the marketplace for the Internet of Things (IoT). Watch this video to see it in action:
Many of you reading this may be asking, why would IntuiFace bother with connected objects? Read on.
Presentations have traditionally been considered a static medium. Text, images and charts are preselected and organization is kept simple. The goal is to inform. A lively presenter can add energy but on their own presentations struggle to avoid becoming an emotionless and boring medium that struggles for attention. Ever see lots of folks gathered around a self-service slide show, fighting for a good view? It’s the unicorn of business.
With the advent of interactive experiences – experiences leveraging “natural user interfaces” like touch and gesture – the ceiling for active engagement was raised. Interactivity demanded engagement and well-designed experiences didn’t just attract eyeballs but actually increased information stickiness. A formerly static medium became dynamic. Presenters could wander in response to audience needs and self-service audiences could make an experience their own. Presentations became performances, choreography rather than bullet points.
And now there is the Internet of Things, the world of connected objects. Imagine if devices could answer questions and carry out requests. Now imagine being able to ask those questions and make those requests from within an interactive experience. What if you could
- Change color, brightness and mode of the Philips hue light.
- Gather product information from RFID-tagged products
- Control and retrieve data from a Raspberry PI-based device
- Pilot your home with Ninja Blocks
- Display health information from the Angel Sensor health wristband
- Steer the Sphero smart ball
- Or control more than one connected object from within the same experience at the same time!
Could your interactive experiences benefit from the incorporation of IoTs like these for everything from trade show pitches to retail kiosks, A/V show controls, museum exhibits and a connected home?Of course!Now do you see why we are promoting connected object use with IntuiFace? IntuiFace can be your centralized user experience hub for driving connected gadgets distributed across the Internet of Things in tandem with the stories you tell.
How cool is that!?!