Over the last couple of years, the screen size on all devices has increased rapidly. If this trend continues, screens will become even bigger in the coming years. The same applies to resolution and pixel density. Because of this development, we asked ourselves “What could the Display in our workspace look like in a few years and how will people interact with it?“.
So we decided that our fictional screen should be as big as our tables today, which means two by one meter. This presents us with the challenge to find a way to interact productively and intuitively with such a big display.
The table on which the screen rests is height adjustable, and the screen itself can tilt. This allows the user to customize the hardware to his specific needs. We also included two trays for tools, a phone, or a cup of coffee. Because of the display size, the average user is not capable of reaching every point comfortably. So our team decided to divide the surface area of the display in four parts. The first part we defined as the head bar. Because the average user’s arm is approximately seventy cm long, he or she is not able to reach the upper third of the screen without standing up and leaning forward. For this reason, we established this area as a passive space, which displays data like the time, messages, the weather, meetings and so on.
The other two areas the user cannot reach without changing his position, are on the left and right end of the screen. The average user has an arm span of one point six meters. But in comparison to the head bar area, they are still more reachable if the user wants to. So we decided that the two side-docks offer space for applications that are not essential for the completion of the work. There is just the area in the middle left. This active area is used for running the essential applications. The size of this area is small enough that the user can reach every corner of it comfortably.
The Display itself is touch-sensitive and able to scan surfaces. The User can place objects on the screen and decide if he wants to scan the form, the texture or read and safe scripture written on the object. This function is also used for a Fingerprint authentication to log in to his profile or secure data. That makes it possible to share a workspace, without worrying about private data.
Every Connection to the Table is wireless. This makes sending data or using peripherals much faster and comfortable and helps keeping the workplace clean. With the large size and the many apps, it is possible to use many at the same time or a few very big ones. A touch display offers many advantages, but the user does not get any haptic feedback for his inputs. Therefore it is possible to use haptic, wireless input devices on the table to ensure a better workflow.
Because of that, it is really easy to get distracted. To combat this there is a “focused work mode” that can be activated. It closes all applications that could distract the user and mutes all unimportant messages for a self-selected period. It is possible to configure this mode beforehand so that every user can decide what he really needs.