Designing Windows apps for Perceptive Pixel displays

Perceptive Pixel, or PPI as it’s often called, is a range of big screen touch-screens. Currently there is a 55″ and a 82″ model. The goal of PPI screens is to “deliver exceptional, multi-purpose productivity solutions for brainstorming, collaboration and interactive presentations”.

Perceptive Pixel devices

Perceptive Pixel devices

I was involved with a number of TV shows that used a 55″ device, for instance with The Voice of Holland in 2012 and 2013. During the last season Michael Teeuw of Xonay Media came up with a brilliant design for using the device for interactive presentations. The MediaWall app was born showing data from Instagram and other sources.

To design for this large scale touch screens you need some extra help, as everything is bigger, but you also need to make sure everything is readable from a distance. The scenario’s to use this “giant tablet” is also somewhat different from a smaller (read ‘normal’ sized) tablet. You have to think about navigation and touch patterns for instance.

There are some different touch patterns for larger screens

Other touch patterns for larger screens

Some time ago a collegue pointed to a document on MSDN with some hints and tips when designing for Perceptive Pixel displays. I couldn’t find a regular link on MSDN pointing to this document, hence this post. Click here to download that  document called “Designing Windows Store apps for Perceptive Pixel displays”.


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