Granted, the Kinetic Touchless button is more the sort of design you’d see in a Hollywood sci-fi film than any corporate office building. That’s because design in movies tends to be performative, with no limits to the exciting, animated contraptions that will captivate an audience. Meanwhile, design in the real world tends to focus on simplicity and reliability. Why should an elevator button have a motion sensor and motor inside it—each of which can fail over time—when you could just press a button? Indeed, even if you want a touch-free elevator, many buildings already have that technology, allowing you to scan a badge to queue an elevator to automatically enter your floor for you. … [Read more...] about Everyone’s terrified of elevators during COVID-19. Could these magic buttons help?
Affordable housing zoning
The Macintosh gave us “folders” sorted on a “desktop.” Microsoft introduced the metaphor of “windows” that you could peek through to see information. These skeuomorphic interfaces are sometimes criticized for being tacky, but in early computing they were key in providing what are known as affordances–silent prompts that taught new users where to go and what to do next inside the interface. … [Read more...] about Here’s The UI Metaphor VR Desperately Needs