Thanks to the rise of empowered consumers, products and experiences that once seemed improbable, such as (literally) instant delivery, are now integral to our lives. But this era of innovation has also seen its fair share of flops: From Pokémon Go to Google Glass, technologies that looked like promising disrupters stalled quickly or generated more […]
Recently I was discussing a history project with my son. He was writing a paper about the inconsistencies in access to clean water in all parts of the world and their causes. In researching the history of urban water access, he came across the story of the outbreak of cholera in the mid-1800′s in London and the impact it had on modern medicine. A young doctor, John Snow, proposed that cholera was carried in contaminated food […]
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To see what lies ahead in the coming years for user interfaces, some of my colleagues at PwC recently visited the MIT Media Lab. The researchers behind the “Fluid Interfaces” project are toiling away on dozens of intriguing prototypes that leverage breakthrough technologies such as gestures, haptics, wearable computing, 3D, projection, and data visualization, to name a few. While some of the user interface designs are useful but not necessarily transformative, such as the digital […]
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