Taking PI real-time monitoring into the brave new world of multi-touch. Touch based environments, such as Microsoft Surface and Windows 7, open up major opportunities to create natural to use software, making it easier to use, faster, and more efficient to control. Taking a live real time monitoring application on Microsoft Surface as an example, we examine the major paradigm changes to implement a layered approach to monitoring solution-using AF using a touch based interface.
Why touch is different -understanding its advantages, and what people expect from a touch interface.
The view paradigm - how to organize the data when you have an informal display metaphor.
Dealing with the data model - how we layered data visualization to expose problem models in the monitoring.
Understanding how touch effects the presentation and combination of the information.
How we structured the application for re-use and expansion.
Dealing with Windows 7 multi-touch - handling Vertical vs. Horizontal, API differences.
Visions of the future - touch based command and control anyone?"