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What APIs Are And Why They're Important

What APIs Are And Why They're Important | Digital Interactivity and DIY | Scoop.it

"In the simplest terms, APIs are sets of requirements that govern how one application can talk to another."

IntuiLab's insight:

One of the most ominous expressions I hear in talking with prospects is "I just need something simple." In my experience,  there is an inverse relationship between perceived complexity on the part of the customer and actual complexity in terms of our software. Having an interactive Web browser still doesn't fail to thrill an IntuiFace user. "Wait! We can browse the Web?!?" But then we'll be asked, "That's awesome! Now, tell me about the search functions you supply for identifying customer information in our backoffice..." Well I won't even finish that sentence.

 

IntuiFace can't be in the business of creating prepackaged business logic. There are infinite varieties and even subtle conceptual differences could have a huge impact on the underlying code. It would be crazy for us to even try. However, we get that today's modern experiences may very well need to access external business logic to process user input and/or return updated information.

 

To solve this disconnect - people need access to business services while IntuiLab can't be in the business of building them - we created the "interface" concept. An "interface" acts as a bridge between your IntuiFace experience and external business logic. Any REST-based or C# DLL-based business logic can be called. (We also support Excel using the same concept.) How? By using public APIs exposed by those services. For more information, see http://bit.ly/15fqyPI

 

In the spirit of this scooped article, you now have another reason why APIs are important!

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Why We Think IntuiFace is a rAVe 2015 Digital Signage Champ

Why We Think IntuiFace is a rAVe 2015 Digital Signage Champ | Digital Interactivity and DIY | Scoop.it
Just last week, rAVePublications recognized IntuiLab’s IntuiFace software as the “Best DigitalSignage Software Solution” at Digital Signage Expo 2015 (and there were plenty options to choose from!)....
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Comparing IntuiFace to Traditional Digital Signage Platforms | IntuiLab

Comparing IntuiFace to Traditional Digital Signage Platforms | IntuiLab | Digital Interactivity and DIY | Scoop.it
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There are differences between how IntuiFace and traditional digital signage platforms tackle interactive content creation, management distribution and measurement. Read this article to get the details.

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7 Trends for Interactive Experience Design

7 Trends for Interactive Experience Design | Digital Interactivity and DIY | Scoop.it
A free multimedia, multi-touch showcase. Get it today.
IntuiLab's insight:

Just released: A multimedia multi-touch showcase of top 7 trends for interactive experience design. This IntuiFace-based experience is a free download for anyone with an IntuiFace account, even a free account. It contains tons of reusable content, ensuring you're not just educated about these top seven trends but can immediately adopt them in your own work.

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The Digital Signage Dream - How to Keep Up - rAVe [Publications]

The Digital Signage Dream - How to Keep Up - rAVe [Publications] | Digital Interactivity and DIY | Scoop.it
Funny advice from an expert on how to keep up with digital signage. It's a miracle.
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Getting To Know The Composer Editions

Getting To Know The Composer Editions | Digital Interactivity and DIY | Scoop.it
Create interactive experiences using IntuiFace Composer. Simple enough. So why are there three editions of Composer - Free, Pro and Enterprise? It’s all about options Let’s review the...
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Top Three Requirements for Interactive Digital Signage

Top Three Requirements for Interactive Digital Signage | Digital Interactivity and DIY | Scoop.it
We’ve talked in the past about the ever narrowing line separating digital signage from interactive kiosks. (If I can interact with a sign, is it still a sign?) Here I’d like to move past the...
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#1 Requirement When Creating Interactive Content for Touch-first Digital Signage

#1 Requirement When Creating Interactive Content for Touch-first Digital Signage | Digital Interactivity and DIY | Scoop.it
We all know content is king. A pretty package with a bow will still disappoint if the box is empty. Consumers of digital signage software everywhere have learned the importance of dedicated time,...
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The Unstoppable Shift to Touch-First Digital Signage

The Unstoppable Shift to Touch-First Digital Signage | Digital Interactivity and DIY | Scoop.it
The digital signage industry is in the midst of a struggle to keep up with the rate of change in technology and consumer expectation. Let me explain.
The origins of traditional digital signage...
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3 Steps for a Successful Upgrade

3 Steps for a Successful Upgrade | Digital Interactivity and DIY | Scoop.it
Are you or your business an early adopter or a late adopter? If you’re on IntuiFace Version 4.7 and IntuiLab releases Version 4.8, do you jump all over the upgrade in seconds or are you very cautious...
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Performance Anxiety: Building Lag-free Interactive Experiences

Performance Anxiety: Building Lag-free Interactive Experiences | Digital Interactivity and DIY | Scoop.it
No surprise, we’re often asked by prospects for PC recommendations. This is not an easy question to answer.
Of course, we have our minimum recommended technical specifications but the operative word...
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Forrester: Top Technology Trends for 2014 And Beyond

Forrester: Top Technology Trends for 2014 And Beyond | Digital Interactivity and DIY | Scoop.it

Forrester released its list of top technology trends for 2014 through 2016.

IntuiLab's insight:

Considering one of the founding motivators behind IntuiLab is expressed by #1 - the convergence of physical and digital worlds - you can imagine we'd have great affinity for Forrester's list even if the other nine items included insights like "Rebirth of corded, analog phones". In fact, there is much here we have seen and endorse.

 

As I've written here and on our blog, APIs are becoming the great equalizer, opening the door for even the non-technical to access third party data and business logic for personal use. IntuiFace's API interface mechanism - http://support.intuilab.com/kb/interface-assets/interface-asset-general-concepts - exists for this very reason.

 

And can I be more biased about the importance of a quality digital experience? Back in May we transitioned from talking about presentation creation to talking about experience creation for this very reason. Interactivity creates immersion, and immersive software is not just a tool, it's an experience. This is very hard by the way and even with IntuiFace one can create bad experiences - but it's a lot harder. :-)

 

Have you checked back and read Forrester's technology trend predictions in 2009? Neither have I so who's to say this latest list is built on the shoulders of proven prognosticators. However, a lot of these trends are far from in their infancy today and show great growth - and promise - for the future.

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Yes, the Supermarket Wants Your Face

Yes, the Supermarket Wants Your Face | Digital Interactivity and DIY | Scoop.it
British chain Tesco will install advertising screens with built-in cameras so it can scan customers' faces to target ads more accurately
IntuiLab's insight:

This isn't exactly news  - scanning faces to determine age and gender to run targeted ads - but I marvel at the concept of "privacy by design" used to quiet concerns about privacy risk. The idea is that potential privacy-threatening technology can "minimize invasiveness, through either regulation or a desire to simply not annoy people." I doubt very many of us have faith that what happens behind the scenes is as honorable as promised but the idea is inspirational for our own designs. How would one create an interactive experience that can customize the storyboard and shared information based on an intimate understanding of the user without collecting truly private information? Is it safe to assume all of your visitors are sufficiently similiar that you should ignore the differences? Depending on the project, the answer is no.

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Nielsen to roll out Twitter ratings for TV shows on Monday

Nielsen to roll out Twitter ratings for TV shows on Monday | Digital Interactivity and DIY | Scoop.it
The goal of the 'Nielsen Twitter TV Ranking' will be to measure the unique audience tweeting about individual programs. Read this article by Steven Musil on CNET News.
IntuiLab's insight:

"Engagement" is a universally desired concept for everything from websites and tv shows to the interactive experiences used in your sales pitch, waiting room, exhibit hall, etc. It is not enough to have your audience look, they need to be engaged, connected to your content and/or message in a way that builds a relationship pofitable for both parties.

 

This Twitter idea is very interesting. The article admits that Twitter activity is so tied to generational differences that measuring activity in the twittersphere is likely measuring the interest of a very specific demographic. And ironically, the very act of tweeting implies a loss of engagement - multi-tasking is a myth, we all just task shift. On the other hand, it is a much more reliable metric in that the traditional Nielsen ranking incorporated self-reporting which is inherently unreliable.

 

The advantage of an interactive experience is that it must be engaged to be used. Measure touches per session, most popular content accessed, etc. and you have a good idea of what is most appealing. On the other hand, how do you measure the number of people who saw your kiosk but did not engage. What is your capture rate?

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IntuiLab Introduces New HTML5-based Technology | IntuiLab

IntuiLab Introduces New HTML5-based Technology | IntuiLab | Digital Interactivity and DIY | Scoop.it
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Key to IntuiFace Version 5.0 is a brand new HTML5-based player architecture underpinning its support for the iPad, Android tablets and the Samsung SMART Signage Platform

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InfoComm International, the Audiovisual (AV) Association - Making Digital Signage Stand Out

InfoComm International, the Audiovisual (AV) Association - Making Digital Signage Stand Out | Digital Interactivity and DIY | Scoop.it
Digital signage is all grown up. In a short time, it has proven to be an effective, pervasive AV medium for communicating information, influencing behavior and showcasing brands. So how can digital signage be better? How can digital signage users ensure their solutions achieve their goals instead of just generating visual noise? "It's all about engaging the viewer and motivating them to take the action," says one expert. This InfoComm special report offers ideas.
IntuiLab's insight:

We completely share this vision! Interactivity in digital signage allows to engage & earn the viewer's interest.

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OVAB Europe Digital Signage Business Climate Index: Digital Signage market continues the positive trend – invidis

OVAB Europe Digital Signage Business Climate Index: Digital Signage market continues the positive trend – invidis | Digital Interactivity and DIY | Scoop.it
85 % of all digital signage projects in 2014 were small and medium installations with up to 50 displays. Smaller projects have a higher margin and...
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Using IntuiFace to Access External Data, Business Logic and Devices

Using IntuiFace to Access External Data, Business Logic and Devices | Digital Interactivity and DIY | Scoop.it
As we mention at the beginning of our "Introduction to IntuiFace" webinar, many folks first assume IntuiFace is just slide making software with multi-touch capability. And to some extent, it would be...
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Analytics for Touch-First Digital Signage

Analytics for Touch-First Digital Signage | Digital Interactivity and DIY | Scoop.it
Analytics for passive, non-interactive (ok, “traditional”) digital signage is just guesswork. Barring black magic, there is just no way to directly measure effectiveness. In fact, there has been an...
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IntuiFace + Microsoft Production Studios = Well, take a look...

IntuiFace + Microsoft Production Studios = Well, take a look... | Digital Interactivity and DIY | Scoop.it
Microsoft Production Studios, in collaboration with RUN Studios, used IntuiFace to create a variety of interactive experiences for Microsoft-hosted events and locations. Everything you see in the...
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Multi-Touch Digital Signage for the Samsung SMART Signage Platform

Multi-Touch Digital Signage for the Samsung SMART Signage Platform | Digital Interactivity and DIY | Scoop.it
With the release of Version 4.8, launching Tuesday the 10th of February, IntuiFace becomes the industry’s first and only multi-touch digital signage creation solution for the Samsung SMART Signage...
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Internet of Things? Meet Interactive Experiences

Internet of Things? Meet Interactive Experiences | Digital Interactivity and DIY | Scoop.it
IntuiFace Version 4.5.3 introduces our first out-of-the-box support for a connected object – i.e. for any device other than a traditional PC that can be accessed, queried and/or controlled over the...
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A Proposal for the Modern Creative Agency

A Proposal for the Modern Creative Agency | Digital Interactivity and DIY | Scoop.it
With a few exceptions - bless ‘em - creative agencies are in business to make money. As anyone who leaves their home has seen, there are ever increasing needs for interactive experiences at the trade...
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Tesla’s Groundbreaking UX: An interview with User Interface Manager Brennan Boblett | UX Magazine

Tesla’s Groundbreaking UX: An interview with User Interface Manager Brennan Boblett | UX Magazine | Digital Interactivity and DIY | Scoop.it
IntuiLab's insight:

I'm not sure what is more interesting: understanding the thought process behind creation of Tesla's stand-out touch-based UI or the blowback in the comments about excessive cognitive load.

 

We have always promoted "engagement" as a benefit of interaction-enabled content - i.e. the captive audience effect. Seems to me this is the last thing you want on the dashboard in a car flying down the highway. Without 3D controls or even haptic feedback, touch-based UIs must insist on constant attention. And we thought texting and driving was dangerous.

 

Tesla aside, the notion of "cognitive load" is a key ingredient in experience design. Know your audience, the level of technical savvy they possess, the level of attention you can expect, and the level of patience they would be willing to grant your UI. Place a burden on the user and you have lost that user.

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Armed with APIs, developers will drive the composable enterprise

Armed with APIs, developers will drive the composable enterprise | Digital Interactivity and DIY | Scoop.it
The rise of APIs as a source for web services and data means that developers don’t have to reinvent the wheel on every feature — they can source it from an API. This trend brings about the composable enterprise.
IntuiLab's insight:

I have an allergy to business jargon so I sneezed when I first saw this article. Luckily, it's not all heat, no light. The author rightly indicates how the prevalence of Web-accessible services with published APIs has greatly reduced the burden on "developers" to create "applications".

 

I am driven to use quotes because the definition of "developer" and "application" has blurred and will continue to do so. Accessibility lowers the bar and API innovation is one example of how that bar continues to drop. Is a MIcrosoft Excel expert a developer? Is the resulting pivot table an application? If you're saying no to either, you may have an agenda more than an opinion.

 

Of course, somebody has to create the API! The idea isn't the disappearance of developers, it is the democratization of development. The fraternity will grow as access improves.

 

Frequently readers will know how the above theme corresponds nicely with IntuiFace's interface asset concept. IntuiFace users can connect their interactive front end experiences with external information and business logic using an "interface" whose implementation detail is hidden behind the scenes. Creative teams can develop applications, or design experiences, or create moments or - does it matter what you call it? Stealing from Nike - just do it!

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