Following from our adventures at BETT, we’re delighted to be featured in the SMART Technologies eco-system blog this week (original post here):
Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, Interface3 specializes in developing software for interactive tabletop surfaces. Before it began development for the SMART Table interactive learning center, the company’s primary focus was on developing digital signage and applications for the finance sector.
When the team at Interface3 heard about the SMART Multitouch Application Contest in 2010, they were intrigued by the idea of developing an educational application for the SMART Table – the world’s first interactive table for primary education.
“We were excited about the idea,” says Kate Ho, Managing Director, “It gave us a chance to work with a different sector, and we thought it would be a fun internal project to do. We started by performing research and conducting interviews with primary teachers, and then the list of ideas for the application came out of that – the contest was the start of it all.”
After working closely with primary school teachers to find out what kinds of things they struggled to teach in class, Ho and her team used their research to develop a multitouch, multiuser music game for students aged 4 to 11. The application, called ChromaBeats, won the SMART Multitouch Application Contest and received Premium accreditation from SMART’s Software and Content Accreditation Program.
“It was great working with the SDKs from SMART because they use .NET programming languages, which meant that our skills were transferable because we didn’t have to learn new languages,” says Ho, “And it has been fantastic being able to bounce ideas off the product managers at SMART and benefit from their knowledge of designing for the SMART Table.”
As the winner of the SMART Multitouch Application Contest, Interface3 will be demonstrating the ChromaBeats application in SMART’s booth at BETT 2011, the largest education technology exhibition in the world.
The team at Interface3 already plans to develop a second version of ChromaBeats along with additional applications for the SMART Table. “We’re quite excited about working in this sector – it’s just way more exciting than mortgage applications,” says Ho. “It is so fun to see the sense of accomplishment that children get when they play ChromaBeats on the SMART Table. You can just see their eyes light up. It’s brilliant!”