A day made of glass…
Those vision videos with their annoying elevator music are a menace of our meetings. And this one plays in one league with both Microsoft vision videos.
Point 1 – they show a future that will happen to merely a tiny fraction of the population. Most of us will not be able to afford XXXXXL office spaces with awesome skyline views, vast living rooms and xtra legroom premium business class seats. It’s simply not sustainable.
Point 2 – the interaction techniques shown will simply not work without the “defocused temporal perception” gizmos from the Hitchhikers Happy Vertical People Transporters. Meaning, that they will just not work without a proper prediction of the immediate future or reading users minds. If one watches closely, especially to the Microsoft videos, similar interactions trigger different functionalities. One can’t stop wondering, how the hell did the system knew, that the user intended to initiate just foo instead of bar or foobar with a certain touch action or gesture.
And, finally, did I mention the horrible, horrible soundtrack?
Frankly, I’d love to know what you’re doing that you have time to watch videos in your meetings. You work for Microsoft?
On Point 1: I agree, with the caveat that visions of the future like this are always pitched towards those who already live in some kind of world like this, or at least aspire to it. However, having just returned from Chile and Japan, the stunning penetration of the iPhone leads me to believe that technologies like this are well within reach of more of the human population than one might think.
On Point 2: User Interface Design is hard. That Apple claims this as a core competency that everyone else copies is one of two reasons why they’re going to remain successful for quite some time. Once they lose this, their dependence on brand loyalty and a built-in customer base are probably not going to save it.
You might also like “A Brief Rant on the Future of Interaction Design” which picks up on a lot of your critiques.
I guess I’m going to have to watch the video with the sound on…
Shit damn. Imagine how many cameras and microphones must be installed, if you can transmit image and sound information from any kitchen surface!
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