Cross-modal input thrives when discrete and continuous modes are paired. For instance, precise touchscreen input and the analogue feel of accelerometer-controlled tilt motion. Some pairings are more obvious than others – focus on what seems natural in context. “Don’t do it just because you can.” – Ken Willes, Director of Creative Services, Ideum, speaking at MEX14
Not all user experience problems can be solved through visual changes – sometimes it pays to think how extra sensory channels, from voice input to pairing with analogue controllers like motion sensing – can enhance an experience. This is particularly effective when each modality offers unique characteristics to create a better overall experience.
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