VIDEO: The Shape-Shifting Future of the Mobile PhoneBy John-Paul Kwasie June 3, 2011
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Mobile devices and applications are being designed to mirror or emulate our interactions with the physical world, but can we truly satisfy our tactile senses with these digital technologies?
In his recent TED talk, Fabian Hemmert proposes that redesigning mobile technology to make digital content more “graspable” would change the way that we interact with our machines. He calls for rethinking the mass, shape, and intuitive characteristics of mobile devices to make interactions with them (and their content) more intuitive. These new ideas will bolster the virtual offerings of the digital world with the physical qualities of the material world. As Hemmert displays in his presentation, a device with a shifting weight will make handheld navigation easier and more engaging, while a device with a motorized, vibrating “heartbeat” will animate mobile devices, giving users better insight about when to check for new and exciting activity.
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