The avionics, ie all computer equipments that help to control aircraft is a prime area of research in HCI. Since 2010, Intactile DESIGN had the chance to work with the R&D department of Airbus on the design of cockpit interfaces: a dozen studies have been conducted since then, in co-design with pilots, engineers and ergonomists teams of the aircraft manufacturer.
Some of these projects have been the subject of patenting:
Interactive dialog device between an operator of an aircraft and a guidance system of said aircraft – US 20130135202 A1
The dialog device includes an interaction on a screen which represents, on the one hand, a playback element indicating the value of a guidance setpoint of the guidance system of the aircraft, and on the other hand, a control element which can be grasped and moved along a curve by an operator to modify the value of the guidance setpoint.
Thierry Bourret, Nicolas Chauveau, Pascale Louise-Babando, Claire Ollagnon
Interactive dialog devices and methods for an operator of an aircraft and a guidance system of the aircraft – US 20130211635 A1
The dialog devices and methods can include an interaction on a screen that can represent, on the one hand, a playback element indicating the value of a guidance target of the guidance system of the aircraft, and on the other hand, a control element that can be grasped or selected and moved on a display along a path, such as for example a curve, by an operator to modify the value of the guidance target.
Thierry Bourret, Nicolas Chauveau, Sebastien Drieux, Sebastien Giuliano, Pascale Louise-Babando, Claire Ollagnon
Method and device for displaying flight parameters in an aircraft – EP 2717019 A1
The method involves performing a check to verify whether motion of an aircraft is consistent with a guidance setpoint relating to a flight parameter. A part of a scale e.g. speed scale, starting from a current value of the flight parameter is displayed in the direction of motion of the aircraft if the motion of the aircraft is consistent with the guidance setpoint. The scale is unravelled in two opposite directions with respect to the current value of the flight parameter if the motion of the aircraft is not consistent with the guidance setpoint.
Nicolas Chauveau, Pascale Louise, Delphine MacDonald, Fabien Perrin