We’re very good at designing connectivity into products, but not very good at designing in privacy. Microphones, antennas, Wifi and Bluetooth chips: these are the building blocks of the connected world.
But push mute on your Amazon Alexa. Do you believe she isn’t still listening?
Great interfaces are under threat. From screens. Think about every time you’ve tapped a screen and then looked elsewhere to check what happened. Recently I was driving an electric car and noticed exactly that: I went to charge it and plugged in the cable, only to turn around to check the connection was made.
These products are letting you down, and I think centralised interfaces are to blame.
The antidote? Distributed interfaces.
One of the most dangerous places in the world today are the roads. And the fastest you can ride on these roads is on the German autobahn.
You are most likely familiar with the current trend inside cars to include expansive, interactive touchscreens. But I'd like to show you a glimpse of a very different sort of interface challenge.