UXUS was a research program on User Experience & Usability in complex System run by FIMECC, the Finnish Metal and Engineering Competence Cluster. The UXUS program supported future knowledge creation and creates new interaction concepts and innovative practices in developing the user and customer experience excellence. The overall target of the program was to increase the competitiveness of the Finnish metals and engineering industry by radically renewing practices.
Intopalo contributed to the UXUS program as a partner company of Valmet and collaborated with other participants of the UXUS program, including Aalto University, University of Tampere and VTT.
The UXUS research team studied futuristic user scenarios for control rooms of industrial control systems. The scenarios were visualized as videos that illustrate how operators interact with the futuristic control room using 2D and 3D user interfaces, augmented reality, speech, gestures and biometric identification. The videos were used as research material to test the scenarios and get feedback from real-world operators.
During pre-production, Intopalo participated in scenarios development, and created the screen graphics that would be shown on the displays and projectors in the final videos. During post-production, Intopalo animated and composited the screen graphics and other 2D and 3D virtual elements into the live action video, and did the video editing.
I’m extremely happy with the Intopalo collaboration on 2D and 3D visualization. Advanced visualization turned out to be an excellent research tool as videos that show realistic user interfaces are more illustrative and experienceable than other typical means of describing user scenarios, so it is easier for users to identify themselves with the situation.
Research Manager, Valmet
The result was a set of research videos that visualize how control room operators will be able to work in a more natural way, thanks to emerging user interface technologies and more intelligent system functionality.