Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Samsung Q1 and Audi Keyboard






Hugo Ortega on Audi Keyboard


Before time got away from me I wanted to post a first-look at the Audi Keyboard solution I recently spearheaded for the Melbourne Motorshow (02 March to 12 March 2007). The basic concept involves a Samsung Q1 UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) as a device used to capture details of visitors to the Audi stand.

A custom made software keyboard was developed in Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and designed using Expression Blend. Its purpose was to allow stand attendants to enter information in a natural way (with a QWERTY keyboard) and with the added benefit of custom functions like a key for ".com.au", and Audi branding. Tegatech Australia (the Tablet guys), Dr Neil Roodyn and UK interaction design firm Tricky Business collaborated on the project to bring it to fruition.


This is a great example of how XAML provides the glue to allow developers and designers to work together - exactly why Microsoft came up with it in the first place.

How it looked on the Samsung Q1.


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27 comments:

Robert said...

Greetings Hugo:

Interesting blog on the use of the UMPC by typing with a finger.
I would like to know if Microsoft will improve on voice typing feature.

This would be a great feature for user who do not have good computer skills.
Regards Robert from Montreal, Canada

Hugo Ortega said...

Hi Robert,

Thank you for your comment. I believe Microsoft, via Vista, have made tremendous headway on Speech Recognition software. It has been covered in several blogs but you might want to look at Long Zheng's post, or Craig Pringle's for more info.

You raise a good point and one that Microsoft is diligently addressing via it Accessibility program and more.


BTW, I believe you tried to ping me on skype but we must have just missed each other. Sorry. I replied to your query but Skype does not store offline emssages like Messenger does. If you see me online again just ping me again and I will be happy to provide whatever assistance I can.

Sean Tan said...

Hugo,

I've been reading some reviews of vista running on the eo v7110 /amtek t700.
I've had some mixed reviews.

Do you have any opinion? Would it be able to handle Vista (+ Origami Experience). Any related issues, eg. too slow, lags etc?

Also, you should make a post about the Origami Experience Pack in general and tell us what you think. I'm assuming you've tried it out.

Hugo Ortega said...

Hi Sean,

Regrettably I need to admit that the TabletKiosk EO V7110 is a poor Vista experience. The best bet is to read and contact Darryl Burling. He is a friend of mine and an Evangelist for Microsoft in New Zealand. He is also one of the only people I know that has gone full time Vista on an EO V7110, and stayed there.

WRT the Origami touch pack I will see if I can fit a video in. The new version is much better to say the least thgouh. I posted a video a little while ago that condemed the intial release for XP.

Sean Tan said...

Thanks Hugo.
I've contacted Darryl and I'm awaiting his response.

I also keenly anticipate your vista touch pack video.

Hugo Ortega said...

Cheers Sean,

I'm sure Darryl will get back to you at his first opportunity.

More videos coming...

Sean Tan said...

Darryl replied very quickly :)

He says that everything's fine with Vista and the eo v7110. He directed me to his blog post about installing it.

However, he has 1GB of RAM, while I will only have 512MB. He said Vista would be just as slow/fast as XP on the v7110, so I suppose it's just up to me now.

Hugo Ortega said...

Hi Sean,

I knew Darryl would come through. If you don't mind, can you hyperlink (using a href) to Darryl's post. This was the thread we have created becomes a resource for someone else.

I thikn RAM is the key for most mobile computing hassles take Darryl's advise and choose one or the other. It seems as though either will suffice.

Well done mate.

Sean Tan said...

Here is Darryl's reply to my email regarding Vista on the Tabletkiosk eo v7110:

"It works great. I've got 1gb of Ram, and the slower HDD, so if you have the faster 7200 RPM Drive you'll be sweet.

The driver setup is a bit nasty, but follow the instructions on my blog and you should be OK: Link

Vista has vastly improved tablet support including:

· Much better handwriting recognition
· Smarter TIP (Tablet Input Panel)
· Support for touch screens – it has a nice mouse you can move with your finger

I normally leave my EO on hibernate mode when I’m not using it, startup/shutdown is more bearable that way.

It’s no slower than XP on the same hardware, and has better features. I couldn’t go back to XP now.

The biggest issue at the moment is that the chipset drivers prevent the CPU reducing the frequency of the CPU which means the CPU is always running at 100% frequency. VIA will be releasing an update though as far as I understand it. The only other thing is the rubber pointer doesn’t support tap to click under Vista – otherwise it works as normal.

Hope this is helpful.

Cheers

Darryl"

Sean Tan said...

I think you should also read this post by thoughtfix from UltraMobileGeek: Link

I'm not going to upgrade to Vista now!

BTW, is this the correct RAM for the eo v7110? Link

Hugo Ortega said...

Good Job Sean,

I knew Darryl would be great! You're ambition to Vista enable your V7110 has allowed you to hit a massive home run here! Well done!

Yes, the RAM is correct.

Great job Darryl!

Sean Tan said...

Do you know if the RAM has to be PC4200 (533MHZ)?

What if it's 667MHZ?

Hugo Ortega said...

Hi Sean,

The RAM will fit and run too. THe only problem is that you will have no speed benefits as the RAM slot fitted to the motherboard will peak at 533MHz. The only benefit I can see is that perhaps the 667MHz RAM might be cheaper to buy.

Sean Tan said...

Quote: "The only benefit I can see is that perhaps the 667MHz RAM might be cheaper to buy."

Exactly! :)

Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Hello Hugo,

Have you seen the Samsung Q1 at any of the US auto shows? The Audi of America Data Capture team has created a virtual tour of the launch vehicles TT and R8 last year. They were used at all major US auto show starting with Los Angeles in December 2006. Not only do prospects get a virtual tour of both the R8 and TT, they can also opt-in for more information. Audi has also used the devices at ALMS races to gather additional serious prospect opt-ins, while supporting the launch vehicles and generating buzz.

It is great how Audi is leads innovation around the world.

Thanks

Audi Fan

Anonymous said...

Why would you build it using Microsoft suite? You can build a fully functional flash keyboard in an hour and integrate into a variety of flash movies. It appears that all you really built is a keyboard app with a static picture. If I was Audi I would think I got ripped off.

D said...

Very interesting software! As an owner and every day user of the Q1, I have to wonder if the program is available for public use. Please let me know.

Danny
Miami, Florida

Hugo Ortega said...

Hi Danny,

As far as I know this program will not be made available as it was designed specifically for Audi. THere are several keyboards on the amrket however the reason we went into development with this one was that most of them have "too much" function. Audi needed far less features.

Try Googling for "Software Keyboard." TO find on that suits. Keep watching the blog as the Audi one may be released at some point - never say never.

Hugo Ortega said...

Hi Anonymous:

"Why would you build it using Microsoft suite? You can build a fully functional flash keyboard in an hour and integrate into a variety of flash movies. It appears that all you really built is a keyboard app with a static picture. If I was Audi I would think I got ripped off. "

Thanks for your feedback. I can't help but think that you didn't even watch the video! The picture is not the keyboard - it is a marketing picture. The video shows that the keyboard has function.

Before you get too excited lets look at why we didn't use flash. "Keystrokes" are a base level (root access) command. Third party application (other than from the MS Suite) all treat keystrokes as a gesture and therefore carry caching issues. With Windows Presentation Foundation we were able to mimyc the Tablet Input Panel and its "keystroke" commands to better take command of the Operating System.

If you need more info I am happy to keep chatting - if you're after a blog to bask Microsoft and promote Flash, well I think I'll run out of answers for you as I am mostly a hardware guy.

Great comment by the way!

Hugo Ortega said...

Hi Audi Fan!

Great comment - up until recently I had no idea that Audi had attemtpted anything globally regarding Lead Capture. I too am exctied about their efforts and think that they show themselves as truly progressive don't they. I knew that in Australia they went from Pen and Paper to PDA, and now to UMPC. So it means they are really passionate about this.

Thanks for the great comment.

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