Mark’s UX clippings: the smartphone and the future

Because of a trip to Seoul, South Korea my UX clippings are a few days later. But that doesn’t make them less interesting.

  • With fast developments in the mobile world, there were again quite some reflections this week on the role of mobile devices in our lives. Smartphones are the new drug of choice, writes CNN. They actually tap into one of the same pathways in the brain that make slot machines so addictive.
  • Wired instead looks at the future of smartphones. They are particularly interested in what is happening in interface innovation at Nokia Research, as this reveals some intriguing possibilities on how we will interact with our devices in the future. Nokia as we know has problems. Smartphone problems. Software problems. American problems.
  • Gizmodo is convinced that to fully understand what’s wrong [with Nokia], we’ve got to understand what’s been right, or to put in another way, what’s distracted Nokia. Meet the most popular phone in the world.
  • Finally Intel is exploring what future everyday use could arise from their recently launched context-aware computing concept.

Broader reflections this week were on the pitfalls of socially responsible design (in Metropolis Magazine), the psychology of complexity (in Rotman Magazine), and the upcoming design power of South Korea (by myself, Mark Vanderbeeken).

Mark Vanderbeeken

Mark Vanderbeeken is a senior partner at Experientia, an international experience design consultancy, based in Turin, Italy. He is also the author of the successful experience design blog Putting People First.

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