In the documentary ‘Connecting’, the future of (Interaction) design is discussed as to be used to develop and facilitate meaningful things in our lives. Because we are currently ‘confused about what’s really important in life’. Ever notice the amount of people looking at their phone while – on a bus, -in a queue, -in a bar, -in a conversation? (and yes, noticing would require you to look up from your phone… )
Frog happens to also look into the future and the meaning of things, specifically for mobile devices. In ‘mobile meaning’, Paul Pugh describes mobile computing to be at the center of the trend of increasingly virtualized and de-centralized lives.
What is interesting to see though, is that the things that indicate our identity, memories and behaviors, remain. What has changed though, is the ways in which we shape and share our digital legacy of music, photos and videos – it has become easy, cheap, portable, enjoyable and responsive.
But there’s something missing from the experience. For instance patina – the wearing of an object from regular use (like a scratch on an LP – that makes is unique to your experience). So Frog thinks about how to create more human-centered relationships with our mobile devices. They think that devices we carry on our body will increase – anything from sensors, cameras and displays in our clothing and fashion. Also, Frog suggests that the small display on our phone will be used for private tasks, but all other things will happen on large displays through advanced projection technologies. Interaction will happen through a combination of touch, voice and gestures. Patina will be digitalized, offering new stimuli that allow more meaningful navigation and recall.
The result is a meaningful opportunity to connect with users through human-centered mobile products and experiences.