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This patent was granted in recognition of the novel way Loudon (with co-authors) developed a new solution for Chinese users to interact with computer-embedded products such as PCs, PDAs and mobile phones. This patent also builds on a previous patent entitled "Methods and Apparatus for Handwriting Recognition". The patent describes a solution for allowing users to enter handwritten Chinese text in a cursive continuous style that matches their normal way of writing, rather than forcing users to conform to strict writing style (as was the case with most other solutions). The initial research work was undertaken while Loudon was at the Apple-ISS Research Centre in Singapore. The technical success of the work resulted in an international award-winning product called "Apple's Advanced Chinese Input Suite" and the technology being licensed to several other companies. In addition, the interaction design work resulted in a silver medal award at the prestigious Industrial Design Society of America awards. The technology was also implemented on the PDA developed by Apple called the Newton both for Chinese and Japanese, but these versions never came to market. All this research work was led by Loudon, and Loudon was the main inventor of the new technological solutions. This work raised important Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) design issues both for standard personal computers and for information appliances such as PDAs and mobile phones and resulted in Loudon's interests switching predominantly to the interaction design issues associated with information appliances. Some of the key interaction design issues discovered from this research have been integrated into the work that Loudon and Gill have done together since 2002.
US Patent 6891971, pp.
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Loudon, Gareth; Sacher, H.; Tng, T. (Taylor & Francis, 2001-01-01)This paper summarises some of the high level issues with regards to Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and the localisation of interactive digital products for other languages and cultures, in particular, the Chinese language. ...
Designing a design tool: working with industry to create an information appliance design methodology Gill, Steve; Loudon, Gareth; Walker, Darren (Inderscience, 2008)This paper details collaboration between the Programme for Advanced Interactive Prototype Research (PAIPR) based at the National Centre for Product Design and Development Research (PDR) and three key collaborators: Sony ...
Gill, Steve; Loudon, Gareth; Woolley, Alex; Hare, Jo; Walker, Darren; Dix, Alan; Ramduny-Ellis, Devina (Inderscience Enterprises, 2008)For some years, the global research community has been developing techniques to rapidly design and develop information appliances. Despite significant advances, many industrial and user interface designers still rely on ...