Josh Clark, the author of Tapworthy, introduces his topic with a fairly peculiar statement: sensors give us superpowers. Wait…what?
According to Clark, smart devices have completely changed the nature of computers. Although mobile is often considered “the light version”, Clark regards its potential as quite the opposite.
- Why would we keep it light, when we could do more?
Augmented reality is not a solution in search of a problem. However, it can be extremely useful: we can be both informational and entertaining. It is all in the sensors.
Clark takes the audience on a journey to the future. He shows the audience a ton of mind-boggling examples from alien games, Ikea’s furniture apps, plants that control computers and cows that text their farmers. These sensor-motivated, seemingly magical programs portray real interactions.
- We can actually liberate ourselves from the device. It just listen to our actions, Clark muses.
The idea is that one smart device controls all the dumb devices – displays. The technology, astonishingly enough, is already available.
- But how do we translate our products or services to a whole variety of different displays? There is magic in the gaps between devices. We can’t know the future, but we can at least be future-friendly, Clark summarises.
Seen at Reaktor Design Day 2013