If you’re designing a handheld device or industrial machine that will employ a user interface, then you’ll want to check out the upcoming Design News Continuing Education Center course, “Engineering Principles Behind Advanced User Interface Technologies.”
Sponsored by Digi-Key, the class will examine user interfaces for machines ranging from laptops and tablets to ATMs and industrial controllers. “It will lightly touch on how they work, but it will be more focused on where we’re going and how to implement future interfaces,” said Jon Gabay, who will host the five-day session November 3-7. “It’s for machine designers who are trying to figure out how users will interface with their machines.”
Gabay, a consultant who works with start-up companies on the implementation of new technology, plans to begin with an introduction to user interface technologies and take a deeper look at touch interfaces during the first two days. In the final three days, he will examine streaming signal interfaces, handheld displays, and even implants and neural interfaces.
Gabay expects attendees to run the gamut from electrical hardware designers and software engineers to mechanical engineers who may be responsible for overall system architecture. “Even if you’re a mechanical engineer, (the course) could be of interest to help you understand the requirements of the electronics,” he said.
The course will cover the capabilities and limitations of the electronics, as well as the mechanical issues that are part of solid user interface designs. “As a designer, you want to be able to choose the right technology without overkill for your application,” Gabay said. “This course will help you do that.”