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Controlling the future:


Emerging user interface approaches


@KathyReid on GitHub, Twitter, IRC, Slack etc

Licence - CC BY SA


A brief recap on user interfaces

Drivers for change

Emerging UI technologies

Implications and considerations


A quick look back at how far user interfaces have come...

Punch cards? FML.

Attribution: Punch Cards via Chris Limb on Flickr.

Attribution: Terminal Znakowy MERA 7951 OM Mera-ELZAB MERAMAT via Arkadiusz Sikorski on Flickr.

Attribution: Macintosh Mouse via Marcin Wichary on Flickr.

Attribution: BAMBOOFun16 via Shou-Hui Wang on Flickr.

Attribution: Asus TX201LA Transformer Book Series Laptop via India7 Network on Flickr.

Drivers for change in user interfaces

Paradigm shifts, instead of incremental improvement (wireless, bluetooth, ergonomics etc)

Driver #1 - Mobility

Users are on the go - and the UI must follow

Chained to the desk?

Attribution: Chained via clement127 on Flickr.

Attribution: infrared keyboard on a table for your iPhone via Francisco Huguenin Uhlfelder on Flickr.

Driver #2 - Contexts and context-switching

Users operate in different contexts - and the UI must be appropriate for the context

Timeslicing throughout the day

Haber's classification of contexts

Intimate space

Personal space

Social space

Public space

Driver #3 - Interfaces are everywhere

Interfaces exist in a landscape with other interfaces, not in isolation

Speech recognition, voice control and conversational UIs

Attribution: Mirrored Drives via Ian Sterling on Flickr.

Gesture control and natural user interfaces

Attribution: Leap Motion Hand Tracking via 0xF2 on Flickr.

Attribution: Project Soli via Portal GDA on Flickr.

Attribution: Project Soli via Portal GDA on Flickr.

Attribution: Keeping up with the times via Mister G.C. on Flickr.

Emotional and social interfaces

Attribution: CV Dazzle Collection via Adam Harvey

Wearable interfaces

The law of unintended consequences...

Attribution: Information Overload via James Marvin Phelps on Flickr.

Attribution: Blind Man Walking via Meena Kadri on Flickr.


Mobility, context switching, interfaces everywhere

Speech recognition, natural user interfaces and gesture control, emotional UIs and wearables

How we harness these technologies will shape the future. Use your control wisely.


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