Find of the Day: 13 July 2016

Ori’s “architectural robotics” promise “the experience of luxury living without the luxury of size”. Designed by Yves Béhar/fuseproject and engineered by the MIT Media Lab’s CityHome project, which seeks to wring large-sized living out of the tiny urban spaces we increasingly live in. “How do we maximize our use of these spaces, providing the experience of luxury living without the luxury of size?” Béhar writes. “Better yet, what if your living space could physically transform to create any environment you need? We teamed up with Ori to design a system of robotic furniture: transformable units that can turn 200-300 square feet into a bedroom, living room, home office and closet.”


How does someone as Jack Dorsey go from a 14-year-old computer science nerd to serial entrepreneur, the co-founder and CEO of Twitter and Square? How does 3M consistently, innovate, developing simple but iconic products like post-it notes? It’s not a matter of luck. It’s an algorithm.


In design, first impression is actually the last for users. Designers buckle down to create robust and interactive interfaces so that they can keep the visitors hooked for long. In keeping up with the human-centered approach, creators make sure the interface is like a good friend to the user which in turn also enhances the overall experience. In UX, it is important to consider the behavior of users and how they feel about a particular product. Even small details require proper attention as they can turn the things in your favor. And this is where Microinteractions come into play as they acknowledge the users and give them the necessary feedback and understanding of the current process, thereby making the interface more interactive. So, if individual interactions are like the cells that frame UX, then Microinteractions are the atoms contained in these cells.


Listen to any technology evangelist, business leader, politician, educator, futurist, or “cultural influencer” these days, and you’ll hear the same refrain. Anyone who wants to be successful has to innovate, disrupt, and “own the future.”


People with deafness have plenty of ways to navigate everyday situations as if they had no disability at all, but there are still situations that present dangers unique to them — not being able to hear a smoke alarm or gunshot, for instance. SoundSense is a small wearable device that listens for noises that might require immediate attention and alerts the user when it detects one.


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