Embedding Interaction Technology

16 Dec 2010 - 10:35am
5 years ago
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Hi Everyone,


what do you think about interaction design / technology embedded in everyday objects? Touchscreens in tables, pillows, walls.

I believe that for a technology to be adapted by larger masses you first need to go the way of integrating it into something that people already know and are confortable with - in a way that you don't disturb the usage of the (host) object itself.

I've seen attempts to integrate (for example) touch screen technology into bar and restaurant furniture, but you sometimes ended up with a product which was in some cases unpractical (not in all, but in some).






16 Dec 2010 - 11:25am

Hi Milan, 

I wouldn't be too quick to generalize. The practicality of embedded technology really depends on the tasks, objects and people involved. While an embedded touchscreen pillow might not be practical (and, BTW you did have me thinking about the tasks one might perform while sleeping on a pillow),  it might be the best solution for a medical device where a surgeons access is limited.   It's just another tool in the toolbox.  

I do think that the future of computing will become more and more embedded as we develop the technology.  Especially nanotech, which will allow us to make things smaller and more flexible. 



16 Dec 2010 - 12:51pm

In a few years, a lot of smartphones will have NFC chips, and that will enable a lot of interactions with any object with a nfc tag. Google and Nokia have already shipped phones with NFC chips. Nokia has committed to put NFC to ALL smartphones from 2011. 




16 Dec 2010 - 12:52pm

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