Virgin Australia IFE UX

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I do the majority of my flying on Virgin Australia. I tried out the latest iteration of their tablet-based IFE this week – Samsung tablets connected to onboard wireless that serves content.

I was impressed to find that the only way to change the brightness on this otherwise OK IFE experience (well, it’s Android, and it crashes a lot, but it mostly does the job) was to shine my iPhone’s flash at the ambient light sensor on the top of the Samsung tablet. Otherwise, the tablet defaulted to a very dim screen, and since they’d locked out all forms of brightness control, this seemed to be the only way.

A+ user experience, Virgin Australia/Lufthansa (whom I believe this product is licensed from).

OSCON 2013

OSCON 2013I’m very pleased to be presenting at O’Reilly’s OSCON conference in Portland once again this year. I’ll be presenting two tutorials this time around.

For the third year in a row Chris Neugebauer, Jon Manning, and I will be presenting a half-day tutorial on mobile application development with a focus on user-experience. As with the last two years, we’ll be using Android as the platform we discuss the most – but everything will be applicable to all mobile platforms. The tutorial is called Level Up Your Apps: Mobile UX Design and Development.

Additionally, and for the first time, Jon Manning and I will be presenting a half-day tutorial on game design where we’ll discuss what makes games fun, how they work, and how you can apply game design techniques to your daily non-game related work. This tutorial is hands-on, very practical, lots of fun, and is called How Do I Game Design?