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HCI International News, Number 40, March 2010


Will the Apple iPad be a paradigm shift that will change the way we use portable computers?

On January 27, 2010, Apple launched the iPad, a device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, photos, watching videos, playing games, reading e-books, and even more. The device has a high-resolution Multi-Touch display that can be described as a bigger, more refined version of the iTouch. Although the tablet computer is not necessarily new, other computer companies have offered similar tablet products before, the success of the Apple iTablet, along with the Amazon Kindle for digital book and iPhone/iTouch that had haptic interfaces, indicates a paradigm shift in portable computer usage. This could also be another major change in the way that people apprehend portable computers, considering the following major changes: graphical user interfaces in making the computer software accessible to everybody, portable music players in the way that people listen to music, and portable computers for giving the opportunity to have a portable office, as well as the Internet's refinements in breaking the wall and connecting and making everything available to everybody, and finally mobile phone's in making it technologically possible to connect anybody to everybody almost anywhere. Even though we still need to physically experience the exact behavior of the iPad, we can anticipate the following major changes in user behavior.

  • Reading from a vertical screen to physically changeable position in the way user wants to view or read.
  • Cut and paste versus keyboard data entry.
  • Direct access to desired application versus free navigation.
  • Multi tasking all the time. We can already see that many people have their eyes usually focused on a small screen of a handheld device even when they are walking or talking to someone.

Thus what would be the impact of this device on user behavior? And what are the other changes that we should expect to see soon? These are the questions that HCI experts will need to research.


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Plan Your Participation for HCI International 2011

The HCI International 2011 jointly with the affiliated Conferences invite you to Orlando, Florida, USA, 9-14 July 2011 to participate and contribute to the international forum for the dissemination and exchange of scientific information on theoretical, generic, and applied areas of HCI. Deadlines for submissions are:

Papers 800 words, Friday, 15 October 2010
Posters 300 words, Friday, 11 February 2011
Tutorials 300 words, Friday, 15 October 2010

For more information, visit the HCII 2011 Website

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3rd Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International Conference 2010

You are cordially invited to participate in the 3rd Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE) International Conference 2010 and Exhibition.

More information is available at: http://www.ahfe2010.org/

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Recent Interesting News and Articles

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Upcoming Conferences and Events

March 2010

April 2010

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27 May 2010: The University of Maryland's Human-Computer Interaction Lab's Annual Conference:
HCIL's 27th Annual Symposium will highlight the cutting-edge research being conducted in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Maryland. The Symposium will take place Thursday, May 27th, followed by a day of tutorials and workshops on Friday, May 28th.

8-9 July 2010: CHINZ 2010, 11th annual Conference on the New Zealand ACM Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction, Conference Theme: Interaction on the move
Massey University Auckland

29 - 31 July 2010: IADIS Int Conf ICT, Society and Human Beings 2010, Freiburg, Germany.
Extended submission deadline: 15 March 2010

24-27 August 2010: The European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics 2010 (ECCE2010) is the 28th annual conference of the European Association of Cognitive Ergonomics, The theme of the conference is "Caring technology for the future", Delft, The Netherlands

16-17 September 2010: USAB 2010: HCI in Work & Learning, Life & Leisure (all aspects of Human-Computer Interaction and Usability) co-located with the Alps Adria Psychology Conference 2010, Klagenfurt University, Austria

12-15 September 2010: IEEE International Symposium on Robots and Human Interactive Communication (IEEE RO-MAN), Viareggio, Italy.
The theme of the conference is "Thinking and acting together: cognitive and cooperative interaction between human and robots"

13-16 October 2010: ISMAR2010, The Ninth IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, Seoul, Korea. Papers and Posters submission deadline: May 1, 2010

3-5 November 2010: HCI-Aero 2010, International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction in Aerospace, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA.

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About HCI International NEWS

The HCI International NEWS is a newsletter that contains information about the HCI International 2011 Conference, book reviews, news from the field of HCI, as well as links to interesting articles and conferences. If you have any questions or comments, or if you would like to make a contribution, please contact the Editor, Dr. Abbas Moallem. The opinions that are expressed in this Newsletter are the sole responsibility of its authors and do not represent any institution or company.

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