Direct Manipulation

Grab the bull by the horns, conjures up a feeling of getting to grips with something, doesn’t it? it certainly doesn’t feel like something you could do with a simple push of a button.

Some things are best to get hands-on with, so if a digital object has a way of grabbing, warping or controlling it, without just the simple push of a button then that would be classed as direct manipulation.

To actually control an object that is a separate process from a primary user interface, that sub-interaction, in my opinion, is far more free feeling & gives a much more enjoyable user experience than just letting an object be controlled with button taps and static interactivity via a UI

Photo by Alvaro Reyes

Of course, if these proverbial bull horns were motion detection sensors, then they would be classed as an invisible user interface, you’d still be grabbing the bull by the horns but the horns would be hidden and the bull would be within the computer.

Imagine a concert orchestra conductor waving his wand. The orchestra is reading his movements as a computer would read an invisible user interface, nobody else can see the air dance that is created.

Photo by Mark Fletcher-Brown

This week I handed in my ethics form for the research assignment, along with an example permission participant permission form, and example questions that I shall be asking in order to gauge my research for the research paper.

This shall allow me to conduct my research when it has been approved by the university, getting permission for research no matter how small the amount is an important stage of conducting a larger insight study.

My submission included example questions and an example participant consent form as well as the main ethics review form for approval.

As we apply indivisible mobility-required interactions to UX journeys, there shall be far more intricate requirements asked of able participants, this is becoming more physically interactive compared to the traditional 2D non-directly manipulated user journeys of past and increased screenings of research shall be needed to see it from all angles.

Since starting the research project my previous minimal understanding of HCI has gone way beyond the scope of visual 2d UI design that were traditionally controlling user experiences, I am now gearing my knowledge up a notch to understand all the known methods of how humans interact with machines.

The rabbit hole has been opened.