Advances in technology have pushed us to new and innovate methods of human-computer interaction. Touch screens have proven to be the ideal vessel and stands at the forefront of countless convergences. Our current focus on touch has lead many industries to concentrate on lifting the limitations and advancing the tech. Tactile touchscreen technology will allow objects to rise up from and disappear into the screen, transforming the virtual into the physical. The future holds malleable screens, screens built into mirrors and desks, tactile feedback tech, 3D, and even cloths and screens with color e-ink technology. Screen technology has been developed with such force that we are only limited by imagination, it has taken its place as a creative medium. Continue reading
A topic that has stood out to me is how interactive mediums transform the virtual into the physical. I have noticed this the most in touch. Touch screen technologies will, before we know it, change how and what we design. I feel that design will turn back to tradition through innovation; processes are becoming more and more interactive, the idea of touch is a callback to the days of pen and paper, the hand made. It is leading us to create as and for humans, not devices. We are also facing the obsolescence of the desktop leading to a greater level of collaboration, we can now create anywhere again and with anyone. The future will bring screens that can create textures and I can only imagine what that can do for accessibility. Such technology empowers both the designer and viewer, is reshaping how we craft narratives, and the very way we create.