I really like the look of this, well done.
I must admit I wouldn't go with too much emphasis on swipe.
Yes, have a background 'big page' format to swipe between (a page or three of different instruments, for example). But on page 1 (main menu and use page) have say 6 gauges, which you can drag and drop tiles to from other pages, to configure it how you want, and from where you can opt for a display of 2, 4, or 6 instruments. Do it right and every member
of the crew can have their own setup customised exactly how they want it (don't forget the cook).
I'd even allow a 'big' tile to have several tiles dropped onto it, so instruments that are basically numbers and easily read, or easy graphics to instantly note, can share a tile.
By just tapping the options of the personal display you use, I think it will improve reliability
and ease of use, while actually at the wheel
for example. Especially if using say a waterproof cover.
I think we have gone way too overboard
in using things like swipe, and I for one am not interested in having a fixed touch screen instrument in the cockpit
. Tap to expand, tap again to contract
, rather then pinch.
If I am way off shore, in the cold, wet, and strong winds, at night in heavy offshore gear
and thick insulated gloves, I'll take good switches and tapping, over anything touch screen where I have to try and swipe or pinch. A confirmatory beep and flash of an led (red so as not to destroy night vision) for a successful tap, would help.
A friend of mine designed the first electronic dashboard for cars, which first went into the Lagonda (Aston Martin). For the next few years (maybe decade or so), loads of new cars had electronic dashboards. Then everybody went back to what was much better to actually use.
I think we are hoisting ourselves with our own, unnecessary petard, with the present technology cul de sac. It's more about sales gimmickry than usability, where real stuff has to be done. In my humble opinion, of course.
If you make a feature of tapping rather than swiping, then I think you will be ideally placed for the return to common sense ergonomic usability, and its associated hardware
I do think there is future potential for dramatically improved systems, but the nonsense we are messing around with today, "ain't it" (and is nothing like what is really needed, apart from anything else, it is nowhere near fast enough, and there's a lot of other 'anything else's').
As a builder
of custom computers
on the side, I was an early tester for Microsoft, and one of their first registered developers (and yes, I do think they have lost
the plot, but they aren't alone in that). I was always interested in intuitive usability and ergonomics, and how they affected end users. Apart from everything else, done right, it dramatically improved the rate of customer support calls, and significantly helped new users.
Unfortunately as there are areas where the necessary technology will be kept with exclusive access, I think we are looking at a period of 50 to 100 years before people like us can have access to it. For example there were really useful things developed in the 1960's and 1970's, that we STILL don't have access to (nothing better has shown up, for it to be phased out, and into general use).
Dave's electronic dashboard did set him up for life though . . . . . .
I wish you every success with this (and will probably buy it just to have a look at it, if nothing else).