Richard Leggett, AKQA. Richard has 5 years of experience developing with Flashï¿½ and is a Senior Creative Developer at AKQA in London, where he enjoys spending all day with his tool of choice.
Richard was a late-comer to computers, but his interest peaked with the BBC Micro and began by learning a few classics (C, ASM, Pascal) before progressing to higher level languages, until one day stumbling across the awe inspiring works of the ï¿½golden ageï¿½ Flash masters. At this point, Richard decided to make Flash his new favourite endeavour.
Richard has since spent his time working and playing with Flash and other experience-enabling technologies, trying to get them to do things you don't expect them to.
With Flash Lite and mobile this has enabled more than ever before. He finds it's always a pleasant surprise to show a group of people something you can do with Flash Lite that they hadn't expected was possible. This is what makes the mobile arena the most recent 'last frontier'.
Touching the Future
In this session, Richard will take a look at computing in 2012. Not too far away at all, but far enough for things to have become a little bit more interesting, especially in the world of Flash and HCI.
There'll be prototypes, videos and hands on demonstrations all in order to try to get a feeling for the kind of things we will be making and using in the near future.
To get a taste of what to expect, one of the prototypes shows a multi-touch display that takes the concept of the surface computer into the home and beyond by utilising various convergent technologies and Flash to create a complete experience.
Another demonstrates real world human profiling with a live volunteer.
In this session Richard will make use of Flash, the Wii, a Chumby and other devices to demonstrate several prototypes.
The session will not be too technical in its nature, but explanations will be given as to how everything is made, with room for questions to get into a little more detail.