Using Microsoft Surface for UMA
The User Experience study that the team has recently begun aims to achieve few things. We want to see how average Web users perceive UMA itself and if they are willing to use a new system for access management of their Web resources. Moreover, we want to know what users expect from such a system in terms of its functionality. However, what is most important, we want to know user’s expectations in terms of the system’s usability. Yes, usability is the key. We’ve already seen various functional and extremelly flexible solutions to access control (for Web resources). But combining flexibility with usability is not always easy. Our team tends to have lots of really good ideas when developing software for UMA, but it’s always the user who picks which ones of these ideas are actually worth pursuing.
Today, we had a chance to test our prototype Authorization Manager using Microsoft Surface. Yes, that’s right – we used it to define sharing settings for Web resources;) Microsoft Surface allows to use the NUI – Natural User Interface where users interact with the machine by touching or dragging their fingertips and objects across the screen, or by placing and moving these placed objects.
Imagine that you could drag and drop your pictures from Flickr and Google Picasa to baskets that would contain your sharing settings. These pictures could appear on the screen as thumbnails. Your sharing settings could be based on identities of your friends that would also appear as pictures (retrieved from Facebook?) and you could apply additional restrictions in a similar form.
Anyway, so far, we’ve only tested our existing UI of the Authorization Manager. You can view all the pictures here.