An 18 minute video that asks some of the brightest people in the industry what’s next.
With technology moving so quickly, it’s hard to image what is around the corner. Just the other day, we were amazed by the marvel of making calls from our cars. Now we’re annoyed when our signal cuts out while streaming a HD video on our four-inch touch screens, just because we’re in a tunnel.
The video documentary Connecting from Bassett & Partners interviews designers from Method, Twitter, Arduino, Kickstarter, Frog, Stamen, Microsoft and Nokia. In it, industry experts and the like deliver their thoughts on what kind of designs will be shaping, among other things, the much-hyped Internet of Things – where objects in the physical world will become “smart” and connected to the web by having software, or technology, embedded into them. What’s interesting is that listening to the thoughts of all these talented people from various industries; they all see the future of technology moving the same direction.As the video plays a few important points begin to emerge as a general consensus of opinion. They would make a decent poster:
- Our phones demand too much attention, detracting from our real experiences.
- Analogue metaphors are making less sense on digital devices.
- We’re waiting for new paradigms in experiencing media like text on screens.
- UX is a living, somewhat unpredictable thing. All experiences need to be fluid and flexible now.
- You shouldn’t just try to understand a product. You should try to understand its connected network.
- An “Internet of things”–countless connected sensors–is coming (and here).
- All of our information feeds into something larger than ourselves, a “superorganism” or “colony” of digital information.
- The hive mind got so big that greater Internet thought is now manifesting locally (think Egypt’s uprising or Occupy Wall Street).
It is important to remember who uses these devices. Without humans supplying the demand, these products would not exist and nor would Interaction Design. So the human factor is important, but equally so is the very human reality of that annoying person that keeps checking their phone rather than giving you their full attention.
The future of interaction has a great deal to take into account!