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The Future of Interface Design: Office Labs 2019

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    The Future of Interface Design: Office Labs 2019


    As a web designer, user experience and usability are kind of a big part of my job (especially in my new position). In a lot of ways, I've been leaning my interest towards interface design and the like just because of how useful it is and its interesting to study and design how users interact with software depending on how the workflow and experience is put together. It really is amazing how much of a difference is makes... (the iphone is a prime example).

    Well I was reading one of my regular blogs and came across this article...
    http://www.uxbooth.com/blog/the-futu...erface-design/

    which has a lot of awesome concepts and technologies that are already in the works for the next "round" of how users will interact with computers. Awesome stuff.

    The article ends with a really cool video that Microsoft put together to show their vision of what technology will be like in 10 years. Some of it is a stretch, but its exciting stuff. I'm excited for the opportunities it would bring to the table and can't wait for a chance to be involved in working with technology like this, designing for it, using it, etc.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ff7SzP4gfg

    I predict Windex to be the most profitable company in 2019.

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    Re: The Future of Interface Design: Office Labs 2019

    very cool stuff although like you said some of it may be a stretch. on the other hand, apple is already headed in that direction with a lot of their stuff it seems.

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    Re: The Future of Interface Design: Office Labs 2019

    cool...but it gives me a headache...

    It's bad enough with having all the stuff come to your iPhone....in the future it looks like even your toilet will have information about the width of your ass and the health of your poop....enough already!

    (still...I kinda like that stuff..)

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    Re: The Future of Interface Design: Office Labs 2019

    We will all be dead in 2012...

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    Re: The Future of Interface Design: Office Labs 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by Doc View Post
    We will all be dead in 2012...
    Not if the pre-cogs can stop it.

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    Re: The Future of Interface Design: Office Labs 2019

    Being old I have witness many

    FUTURE SHOCK

    Its allways laughably wrong in hindsite
    Flying, robots, etc.

    How about pressed grass shacks with carbon neutral dung stoves

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    Re: The Future of Interface Design: Office Labs 2019

    The only thing in that video that seems reasonable in our lifetime because it already exists is the desktop touch display interface...

    i read something about it awhile back

    the rest is a little far fetched... especially seeing as how compatibility would stand in the way with alot of that technology....

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    Re: The Future of Interface Design: Office Labs 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by RyanNicholson View Post
    The article ends with a really cool video that Microsoft put together to show their vision of what technology will be like in 10 years. Some of it is a stretch, but its exciting stuff. I'm excited for the opportunities it would bring to the table and can't wait for a chance to be involved in working with technology like this, designing for it, using it, etc.

    I predict Windex to be the most profitable company in 2019.
    hahaa, exactly love how there's no greezy finger prints anywhere

    usability testing is def fun stuff, especially when testing with 'normal people', always amazing what you learn...

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    Re: The Future of Interface Design: Office Labs 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by RyanNicholson View Post
    The article ends with a really cool video that Microsoft put together to show their vision of what technology will be like in 10 years.
    Definitely a lot of cool ideas, though they're hardly new -- much of it is a rehash of stuff we've seen in scifi movies for years and even read about in scifi books. The "laptop" on the airplane for example -- desk from "Ender's Game," anybody?

    The problem is that this sort of stuff will never see wide adoption within ten years. Let's look at how far we've come in the past ten years. Um... LCDs came down in price enough to get most people to switch from CRTs. There hasn't even been wide adoption of large LCDs -- most people have the typical 17" or 19" LCD, maybe a 23" one tops. Relatively few people have 27" or 30" displays, and extremely few are running multi-display setups. I really don't see the technology becoming cheap enough within ten years for virtually every surface to be a display.

    In the past ten years there's been no significant change in the way that we interact with computers. The advent of the iPhone in the past couple years has helped to popularise finger input and gestures on cell phones, and I think touch displays will become increasingly common on computers as an additional input method to supplement the keyboard and mouse, possibly replacing the mouse on some all-in-one computers like the iMac. (It'll be interesting to see what form Apple's rumored tablet takes when it's released next year, and whether it has a similar effect on computers as the iPhone had on cell phones.) But it's a long way between that and this ubiquitous-surface-computing vision that Microsoft predicts.

    I think what's a much more interesting thing to watch is the development of smartphones, high-speed data networks, cloud computing, high-density solid-state memory, and always-on connectivity. I think all of these will build to the point that relatively few people will actually have computers anymore, at least in the form that we currently think of them. Desktop computers will be niche products for people who need serious power and large displays for things like graphic design, high-end image retouching, 3D modeling, music production, CAD, game creation, video editing, etc. I can easily imagine a time in the near future when smartphones are powerful enough for the average person to never have to bother with a computer -- they can just plug into a docking station to gain a keyboard and large display and accomplish all the same tasks that they currently do on a laptop or basic business/home PC.

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    Re: The Future of Interface Design: Office Labs 2019

    How embarrassing is it going to be when you plop your iPhone down on the table at work and your entire porn collection gets projected onto the table :-X

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    Re: The Future of Interface Design: Office Labs 2019

    Cool, but I'm still waiting for teh jet-pack I was promised.

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    Re: The Future of Interface Design: Office Labs 2019

    Realy cool

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    Re: The Future of Interface Design: Office Labs 2019

    Fun concepts, but like Mark said, they've been around forever and never gained any traction. It's only recently that touchscreens have gone anywhere beyond point-of-sale usage.

    I still don't think touchscreen will overtake a keyboard and mouse anytime in the near future, and honestly, I don't think touchscreen even has an advantage over them at all. When it comes right down to it, keyboard input is far superior to any type of touch input for typing, whether an onscreen keyboard or input/gesture recognition. Moving exclusively to touchscreen for business use would severely hamper productivity IMO.

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