The eTextbook report has been published in English as a shortened version. Available here, the Finnish version is here.
The pedagogic HapLab app has reached the Apple Store. Available here for iPhone, (sry no tablet- nor Android version at this time).
HapLab project manager Harri Heikkilä will start as a researcher in The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies (Tieteellisten Seurain Valtuuskunta) in an Electronic Book Platforms -Project 2.1.2017. New plans for research and dev. on touch screens and on eReading are forming up. See the end of the report II. Further info: Harri Heikkilä +358 400 214724, firstname.lastname@example.org
We have packed up our Arabia facilities on December 16th 2016 and joined Media Centre Lume in building a new, ambitious initiative and facility at the Aalto campus in Otaniemi during the next years. While this was made public some time ago, we didn’t yet have a name to go by. Now we do.
We call ourselves Aalto Studios.
To stay up to date, make a note of studios.aalto.fi, where we’ll build up more information on what we are aiming for, and how we’re starting to plan it together with you.
And be sure to like our New Facebook Page to get the latest behind-the-scenes view on our relocation and reignition for 2017!
Ubiquitous network society will be built on touch screens. They are everywhere, not only in smartphones but in cameras, in watches… and even in trams and omnibuses. Therefore it is crucial to understand the specific design patterns and good practices in developing user interfaces for them.
That was the topic of two week Touch screen -workshop at IX-course of Aalto ART´s Design department with AMF HapLab
During that time four groups of students assessed the current UI of Helsinki City Transport (HSL) ticketing device and created five suggestions for the better interface using touch screen heuristic model. Our cooperation partner HSL provided the actual devices for the lab, briefed us on the ticketing system requirements and is currently evaluating the outcomes for the future use.
Outcomes were delivered as usability reports and found problems were targeted as five fully functional interactive mockups for the device.
In our initial testing, even FXL directly from InDesign (CC 2015) worked flawlessly. Cloudself is a program to keep the eye on. Perhaps the future ereading projects may find this platform as an interesting option to recommend and even build on.
Link to Appstore: https://appsto.re/fi/OJes7.i
Readium is an OpenSource Tech for EPUB 3 and the Open Web platform. Initiated by IDPF and architected to work on any modern (HTML5) browser. FAQ: http://readium.org/about/faq
Bluefire is a maker of Bluefire reader (iOS, Android, Windows) one of the most popular eReaders capable of handling Adobe DRM http://www.bluefirereader.com/white-label-platform.html
Haplab and ARTS have recently improved their visibility in the Italian peninsula
The largest Italian library magazine Biblioteche Oggi published just our article on social reading – in Italian.
Italian tech provider and publishing startup Pubcoder interviewed Harri Heikkilä in their blog because the coop at Publishing for Emerging Platforms -MA course at ARTS. We tested Pubcoder-application, assessed it and gave a comprehensive list of suggestions how to further improve the program and the UI.
Introducing new acquisitions at HapLab eReading PettingZoo: Rocket eBook of 1998 (pic) and Plastic Logic 100, a 10,7 ” e-ink textbook device from 2011. Rocket by Nuvomedia was perhaps the first dedicated e-book reader in the world, it sported a 5.4″ monochrome display and was able to contain 40 books! Plastic Logic was considered to be a future of textbooks. High resolution and pleasant to read. Both well ahead of their times. Come & see test yourselves!
Recent acquisitions include also:
Kindle DX Graphite (DXG) 2010 –Kindle with 9,7″ screen and free 3G access
Kindle 1 (K1) 2007 The rare original Kindle with interesting navigation system
Leia Media 2013, Finnish prototype, 10,7 ” e-ink -device with solar panel. Three versions.
Kindle Voyage Wifi (KV) 2014, premium e-reader with Carta-screen
Johannes Neumeier (left), the student of the Publishing design for the emerging platforms -course at Aalto ARTS discusses the app interface with Jun Li and Antti Sihlman from Neonto Studio (link: https://neonto.com). The native app will be published in summer 2016 and it is targeted to designers and publishers who are interested in good practices of touch screen UIs.