DornerWorks Human-Machine Interface (HMI) Performance Laboratory
The DornerWorks HMI Performance Lab focuses on intuitive, robust, responsive user interfaces for embedded systems, especially in ruggedized, industrial, or safety-critical applications. Our lab serves multiple purposes:
- a design space for exploring new functionality, refining requirements, early prototyping
- a measurement test bench to quantify functional performance, using metrics such as response time, bandwidth, or spatial precision.
- a physical test lab to pre-qualify devices for ruggedness, environmental robustness, and potential for compliance with industry standards
User interfaces that use gestures are becoming more common in the consumer electronics world, in devices such as smartphones, tablets, and more. These interfaces are starting to make their way into the embedded world.
2-D Gesture Systems
DornerWorks understands touchscreens and multi-touch systems, including capacitive and optical systems (which can work even with a gloved hand).
One of the innovative new ideas to come out of our lab is a method to handle bright ambient light (such as outdoor sunlight) for optically-based multi-touch systems. This is important because outdoor systems (such as a dashboard control in a vehicle) is also where gloves are most common (or other grime that might interface with a capacitive touch system).
3-D Gesture Systems
Recognizing full motion of the user’s entire body (including eye direction, face profile, arm and leg orientation) is cutting edge technology that is now appearing in video game systems. We expect these will begin to make their way into the embedded market soon. The HMI Performance Lab is already evaluating some of these technologies to determine their feasibility for harsh and demanding environments our products must endure (such as industrial applications, aerospace & defense, medical instruments, automotive applications).