Touchscreens are the future of all technology. You see medical equipment with sophisticated screens, fridges, ovens, thermostats, and even snack machines with an elegant touchscreen that works on the whim of your fingers. The same goes for kiosk screens.
Not only do you come across more extensive than ever, much more knowledge-intensive kiosk screens, but today, these rely totally on the touchscreen user interface. There is no need to use a mouse or a keyboard at all. Just use your fingers, and your kiosk screen works better than ever, within half the time than used previously for kiosk browsing.
As you look forward to making the very best touchscreen kiosk, begin by listing all you need from it. Is it going to be used for navigation, brand awareness, or as a knowledge database? Are you going to use it in a shopping mall, medical institution, or in a learning environment?
As you target down your audience, you are halfway there to build the best touchscreen kiosk user interface. Yet, here are a few best practices to create a touchscreen kiosk user interface.
Focus on users for user interface
You cannot build an ideal kiosk screen if you do not design for the users. Yes, there are a lot of complications going behind the kiosk screen, and the screen is relatively more straightforward, but make sure that the user interface is simple enough for all users. Your screen might have to help people with a reading disability, or might not be familiar with the language.
Simple instructions, paired with animation, images, and other visuals, can smoothly run the whole process.
Further, more extensive calls for action or commands can lose their sense as the kiosk user
runs through the instructions in a hurry. Break down each user interface component into much simpler orders fit to be understood by a child. You can create the best all-inclusive, yet remarkably simple touchscreen kiosk UI by relying on Crank Software’s embedded GUI development services.
Swipe off the clutter
A key point for making a simple, user-friendly touchscreen GUI is to keep the screen clean and mess-free. It will not do to have various steps or services listed on a single screen page itself.
When building the user interface, for example, if you are going to request a user for payment, begin with asking if they are going to accept the service.
Then on a follow-up screen, ask their account number or mobile number or other information required for payment procedure, and then a prominent follow-up screen, free from all mess that asks the users to finalize the payment.
A cluttered screen might scare away the customer from completing the payment after seeing the plethora of instructions mandated on a single screen itself. Do not add unwanted imagery or instructions on a screen that can work without the added-on information.
Your users will surely appreciate clear-cut instructions.
You should know that not all fingers are sized the same. While fingers of smaller diameters will not likely feel a problem, people with larger hands will probably hit multiple buttons when trying to hit a little control.
This, in a way, is directly related to crammed up information in small screen space. If you have an information-rich screen, try to minimize the call of action keys without limiting the essential information or using follow-up screens to allow more button space.
You can cut the information into smaller parts so that the people interacting with the screen get enough button space to tap on. Leave enough intermediate space between the buttons, or have only as many controls on your screen that allow ideal space for all fingers to navigate. Building a user interface for a large kiosk screen eliminates some of these issues.
Special abilities friendly user interface
You can not expect to build a genuinely user-friendly user interface if you do not yet consider the needs of specially-abled people while creating a touch screen kiosk user interface.
While it is a touchscreen kiosk in strict terms, you can be a little flexible and add in a few auditory elements. Hence, a blind user’s aid can help his/her blind acquaintance or add more detailed imagery to help people with a reading disability, dyslexia, etc.
You can include a user interface that helps people in wheelchairs interact with the machine verbally. They might not be able to reach the touchpads or install the kiosks at a height suitable for people on wheelchairs.
Even building a seemingly simple screen with information in only the right amount, just the proper controls and buttons, or commands, etc. can need a lot of detailed programming and complicated construction. Hence, this can lead to a lot of processing time as user commands are being carried out, which in turn gives rise to an apparently lagging or unresponsive screen.
While you can only barely brief down your programming codes that demand time for command execution, you can add some statements that ensure the users that their command is being carried out. Hence, this can help the kiosk process payments, looks for information, or does any other task smoothly, and the user can stay rest assured about their inquiry or process.
Outdoor friendly user interface
How much ever you insist on your clients to use kiosks in lighting appropriate conditions, you are bound to notice some of the other kiosk screens in the outdoors, which will then impact the kiosk’s usefulness.
Mostly, if the kiosk environment is exceptionally sunny, no one can figure out what the kiosk is displaying. Hence, when building your user interface, pay attention to colours and contrast shades that will stand out even in bright conditions, or automate your kiosks to brighten up or down as per the lighting demands.