Response: A Brief Rant on the Future of Interaction Design

With an entire body at your command, do you seriously think the Future Of Interaction should be a single finger?

The author rants about how the future of interaction forgets to include a critical component: the human capability of using our hands. The many levels of manipulation we can achieve with our hands is probably only limited to these limbs specifically and yet they are not given that much thought in the ‘future’ of interactive design.

I agree with the author because reading his rant reminded me of the the VR headsets that the world went crazy for a couple of years ago (and still does in a few places). Although they provide a new way for consumers to immerse themselves in an alien environment, they do not offer much more than just moving our heads left and right. Most forms of VR headsets do not allow for movement within the environment or any real acknowledgment of depth. In most, you can’t even see your hands and use them to manipulate the environment. So they make me question, how futuristic are they really?

Although the author does not offer any real solution, personally, I believe haptics are they way forward to provide the future of interaction with more ability to manipulate and actually make use of our bodies.



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