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The UX of NUI

6:30PM - 7:00PM - Networking

7:00PM - 8:00PM - Presentation: The UX of NUI

UX professionals, developers, marketers, etc. interested in creating for NUI must be up-to-date on new technologies and trends in order to shape products and services that reach people in a world of technological and media flux. The transition from desktop software to web sites/web apps and again to mobile phones and tablets has been challenging enough. Now, with natural user interfaces (NUI) (ie, Kinect, Siri, Google Voice Search, eye tracking, facial recognition, etc.) on the cusp of popular acceptance and expanded integration into digital and physical products, a whole new challenge is before us. In fact, the UI of NUI is so unique that present day UX tools, approaches, and thinking, may need a complete overhaul. Rather than shy away from radical change, this is a pivotal opportunity for everyone from various disciplines to come together and explore this new, exciting world of human/machine interaction.

This conversation is the launching point for all those interested in NUI to develop NUI best practices by examining where NUI is today, where it's headed, what kinds of powerful tools it offers, and how we can harness it to develop new archetypes for useful/desirable UX!


Presented by NUI Central Organizers:
Debra Benkler, Digital Creative Architect and co-founder, ScreenPlay InterActive
Deb is a practitioner of lean and logical UX focusing on best practices in the broader context of CX (customer experience). Her repertoire includes many years of agency work designing and creating branding, graphics, and UI for projects including web sites, kiosks, and experiential marketing systems, for clients including: Saks, L’Oreal, Coty, and the Maryland Transit Administration. As co-founder of both the HUM•Ex (NUI) project and NUI Central, she is researching and exploring UX methodologies for NUI (natural user interface). Deb holds an MBA (marketing), a BA in Art History, and most recently won a 2012 User Experience Award.


Ken Lonyai, Digital Innovation Strategist and co-founder, ScreenPlay InterActive
Ken is a 15+ year veteran of user centered interactive project development including some of the industry's most unique experiential systems. His skills span the on-line world and nearly every realm of human/computer interface used by brands and retailers - mobile, interactive kiosks, experiential displays, NUI (natural user interface) and more. Focused on UX and increasingly on NUI, Ken is a UX/CX evangelist to companies and brands and an NUI evangelist to the world! He's a co-founder of the HUM•Ex (NUI) project, co-founder of NUI Central, and a 2012 User Experience Award winner.


8:00PM - 8:30PM - Hang Out - Network

To get to WeWork Labs: As you're facing 175 Varick Street look to your left and you'll see Charlton Street. The entrance to WeWork is on Charlton Street. You'll enter through a black door that says WeWork on it, go straight up several steps and go through another door. Then, you'll see the elevators to your left. Go to the 4th floor. The Meetup sign in desk will be right there as you exit the elevator.

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  • Elena Dana D.

    Next time would be nice too see devices like in "men in black" - or how they've done it - hope I didn't miss this in the past meetups.

    August 20, 2013

    • Ken L.

      Elena - you can check our past Meetups and see the events we've had.

      August 20, 2013

  • Laureano B.

    Great idea to have this meetup.

    August 19, 2013

    • Ken L.

      Hi Laureano, Great meeting you and having you share your thoughts and adding to the conversation. See you next month!

      August 20, 2013

    • Laureano B.

      Definitely looking forward to it! I'm grateful to you guys for making it happen. Best, - L.

      1 · August 20, 2013

  • NJP T.

    Had to leave for a meeting after the presentation. My favorite part of the show was the video pieces. I loved the demos on video and learned a lot. Many Thanks for the event at WeWork.

    August 20, 2013

    • Ken L.

      Nancy - thanks for your thoughts.

      August 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I agree with Simon. Maybe having speakers who had in depth experience in one or two NUI technologies might have made it more informative.

    August 20, 2013

    • Ken L.

      Hi Matt - take a peek at our past Meetups - most often we have events focused on one technology.

      August 20, 2013

  • Simon K.

    Good survey of all things NUI out there. Felt like it touched on one too many things and was therefore just scratched the surface. Would prefer to have a more focused presentation for UX NUI such as voice or gestures.

    August 20, 2013

    • Ken L.

      Hi Simon - thanks for your thoughts. You are right - last night's presentation was an overview except when we dug a little deeper into UX for voice and gesture. I suggest you attend our upcoming half day class at Rutgers where we get more in depth including a workshop.

      August 20, 2013

  • Duygu D.

    Great event tonight guys. Learned a ton. Feeling quite up-to-date with NUI now. Looking forward to next months meetup!

    August 19, 2013

    • Ken L.

      Hi Duygu, Deb and I enjoyed meeting you and are glad to have you (and your enthusiasm!) as part of the group. We look forward to seeing you next month!

      August 20, 2013

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    August 18, 2013

  • Debra B.

    Thanks. I hope you enjoy the presentation. Looking forward to meeting you.

    August 12, 2013

  • Pete W.

    This looks like a great meeting!

    August 12, 2013

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