Squeezing Java Swing Components onto a Cell Phone

Speaker: Bill Barnert , SavaJe Technologies

Date: Friday, May 05, 2006

Time: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Refreshments: 3:15 PM

Public: Yes

Location: Patil Seminar Room (32-G449)

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Host: Rob Miller, MIT CSAIL

Contact: Rob Miller, x4-6028, rcm@mit.edu

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Reminder Subject: TALK: Squeezing Java Swing Components onto a Cell Phone

The Java UI Components ("Swing") were designed originally for a workstation with a mouse, cursor,
lots of keys and meta-keys, and resizable windows. A mobile phone has a
tiny screen, no mouse or cursor, no Tab key, no Shift key, no Alt key,
well, you get the idea. While MIDP and Java ME were good starts in the
right direction, the challenge to design a USABLE set of Swing
components customized for a mobile phone was a formidable task. Over the
course of (slightly more than) a year, the design team at SavaJe created
the SavaJe Swing Look and Feel, adding navigation & focus concepts, key
press policies, and additional colors. In this talk, Bill will take you
on a tour of that year, tell you about the challenges faced and how they
were handled, and he will show the final product, shipping on phones in
Q2 2006. He may also show some future ideas not yet ready for Prime Time.

Bill Barnert is a member of the SavaJe User Experience Design Team. He
recently received his Masters in HCI from the Tufts School of
Engineering Computer Science Dept., doing research on One- and
Two-Handed Direct and Indirect Computer Interaction. He received an
Sc.B. in Computer Science Engineering from Brown in 1978. In the quarter
century between, he designed & implemented user interfaces for Instron
and Teradyne.He has a patent pending that he co-designed with Karen
Donoghue on a system to allow you to send data to the person you are
currently on a call with.

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