Gamepad and Rocker Images?

Eben Eliason eben.eliason at
Thu May 1 14:00:16 EDT 2008

On Thu, May 1, 2008 at 12:16 PM, Mikus Grinbergs <mikus at> wrote:
> Eben writes:
>  > We're actually going to be putting some more
>  > effort behind handheld mode in the relatively near future
>   From my point of view, better button support is an ESSENTIAL part
>  of making the OLPC easier to use than it has been.

Absolutely agreed!

>  One intent for the OLPC is "to replace textbooks".  Good "human
>  factors" facilities ought to be provided for manipulating the
>  displayed information when the OLPC is configured in handheld mode.
>  Judging by the number of comments I have read, the 65x builds did
>  not achieve that.

Definitely.  I've been thinking about it for a very long time, but
there hasn't been anyone around with time to actually implement the
ideas, and so no finished spec has actually been produced.  I expect
that the Season of Usability will get us on track to make it happen.

>  The goal should be to have the same button do the same thing, no
>  matter which Application is displaying the information.  (Plus
>  rotate the button functions when the screen content is rotated.)
>  [I'm willing to have games be an exception to how buttons are used
>  for "information" viewing.]

I hope to create some guidelines for common use, for sure, while
leaving it open to activities to make use of the buttons in any way
that makes the most sense in context.

- Eben

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