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A Web for Everyone: Designing Accessible User Experiences

Check out UX Magazine's excerpt of Sarah Horton and Whitney Quesenbery’s book on accessibility, A Web for Everyone: Designing Accessible User Experiences.

Through the use of case studies on individuals with different accessibility challenges, the authors present clear overviews of how they each use technology for work and leisure. The profiles address specific challenges with technology and outlines the adaptive technology they use daily.

The insight into these user profiles will help user experience designers think more critically about universal design for web sites.

For additional information, see the web page for the book which also includes the “A Web For Everyone” Blog with insightful entries on accessibility by the authors.

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by Nora Galler View all posts by Nora Galler on Apr 11, 2014

We're Gearing up for the AAM Museum Expo


Open Exhibits and Ideum are getting ready to host a booth (#2809) in the Technology Innovation Zone at next month's AAM Museum Expo in Seattle.

We hope those of you attending will stop by our booth to see the latest in what Open Exhibits has to offer and to see Ideum's 4K ultra high definition Platform 55 Drafting Multitouch Table and the Platform 46 Coffee Table.

Print copies of last year's HCI+ISE conference proceedings will be available as well. They are free to booth visitors, get them while they last!

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by Nora Galler View all posts by Nora Galler on Apr 8, 2014

Open Exhibits is Now 100% Free

Big news: Open Exhibits is now free for commercial use! This has been made possible by merging GestureWorks Flash with Open Exhibits. Open Exhibits 4.1 offers, for free, all of the features of the final available version of GestureWorks Flash (previously version 4.1 & OE 3.1). If you haven't already, download your free copy today (see our license for complete usage details).

Historically, Open Exhibits was geared towards museums, educators, and non-profits; but now through the combination of GestureWorks and Open Exhibits communities, we look forward to a larger and more active user community. It will also allow us to direct more resources toward Open Exhibits, hopefully making it sustainable for some time to come.

Combining both the GestureWorks and Open Exhibits communities will collectively enrich our understanding of how HCI can be applied in a variety of settings. Support for Open Exhibits will continue to be found in the Open Exhibits forum.

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by Ken Willes View all posts by Ken Willes on Mar 12, 2014

Open Exhibits Seattle Bound for AAM 2014

Open Exhibits will be at the AAM Expo in their new Technology Innovation Zone (booth 2809) featuring OE software on Ideum multitouch tables.  The Expo is not until May, but we're excited to be participating again this year and to show off all of the new developments in OE since last year's Expo in Baltimore. The 2014 Expo will be held May 18-21 at the Washington State Convention Center.

We will also have copies of the HCI+ISE conference findings available at the booth. This publication is freely distributed online and in hardcopy thanks to support from the National Science Foundation.

The Open Exhibits team looks forward to seeing you all in May! If you want to meet up, please shoot us a message from our Contact page.

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by Nora Galler View all posts by Nora Galler on Feb 4, 2014

Open Exhibits 3.1 Update

The Open Exhibits Team has just released an update to the SDK: 3.1.0. This update continues the development effort of supporting Away3D, adding a new 3D layout infrastructure, and helper transformation classes that facilitate more natural object transformations relative to the camera position. In addition to 3D, we’ve optimized the gesture analysis engine considerably by adding object pooling throughout, boosting performance in both 2D and 3D applications. In an effort to be more transparent and open source we’ve moved all code examples, and exhibit examples to GitHub. Most existing exhibit templates have been updated to work with the new framework and are now available on GitHub. In addition we’ve open sourced the GestureWorks Flash Visualizer, which is a great way to explore the advanced features of the GestureWorks analysis engine.

Open Exhibits 3.1 Features

  • Object pooling optimization
  • 3D Layouts
  • AIR applications can now extend GestureWorksAIR as an alternative to the import
  • Away3D transformation helper functions by John Brookes (Away3D) in TransformUtils class
  • Open sourced visualizer.

For more information regarding the updates, improvements, and known issues in this release, please see the full Release Notes page on the GestureWorks wiki.

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by Ken Willes View all posts by Ken Willes on Jan 8, 2014
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