I’m in week 4 of Winter quarter. I’ve been working on a UX project dealing with connecting the virtual devices with the physical devices we use every day, so far mostly conducting research. Gathering quotes from documentaries like Connecting, and Objectified, I have started to carefully write down my own conclusions. As a future strategist, it is my job to recognize patterns and where an industry is headed. Which so far in essence is the future of UX design. Below are the quotes I’ve used to start compiling an idea of, what is the problem? And where we need to look to fix it.
Changing the effectiveness of our interactions // what is effectiveness?
I’m approaching effectiveness not only as how well our interaction with smart devices produce desired individual results. But also how those interactions effect future results and ultimately eliminate the noise created by the current relationship between the physical and the virtual.
“we are a little bit confused what is really important in life, I’m here with you, my phone is silent, but there are millions of things I can do… am I really with you?”- Younghee Jung
The problem in my own words
We have smart devices, but they are only smart when we command them to do certain actions. We tell our phone to connect us to this, find that, and tell them this. Anything can do what it’s told. The devices need to carry out the user’s desired out comes on their own. But they cannot do it by themselves. We need to create and “internet of things” and link these outcomes to create meaningful results. In the past, the display of these results has been intrusive and added noise and disruption in our perception of what’s important. In the future, we must eliminate this need to direct the outcomes and instead, experience them.
“More about the content and experience and what we are trying to do and less about trying to use a device” – Jennifer Bove
I believe this has to do with transparency and the characteristics of an object being responsive to the environment it’s being used in. The characteristics include it’s form, material, and what it produces, the outcomes it shows us and how it does this. Our devices require so much of our attention to complete a desired outcome that we have to focus on using the device. Where what is actually more important is the thought behind the action.
We need to create an “internet of things” – Jonas Lowgren
Our things are connected to each other. Instead of us being connected through our things.
The important aspect of designing a device is no longer how the user will interact with it or use it. It is now how the device will interact with the user. There is no need for a response from the user. The device does not have to chime or vibrate and demand our attention. We have now focused so heavily on using our things, that we forget with is important. We us these things to communicate, stay organized, and overall assist us. It comes down to interaction design in the sense of creating less interaction as we know it. The degree of interaction between user and things decreases, but increases between devices. Through an increase in device interaction a rise in experiencing their output of data can occur. Which is ultimately what’s important and why we have things.