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Follow #mex14 defining future UX live this week

The 14th international MEX opens in London on 19th – 20th March, welcoming user experience pioneers for 2 days of inspirational speakers and in-depth design challenges.

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We are grateful to our sponsors, the Technology Strategy Board’s ICTKTN and CIKTN, who have been instrumental in supporting the event. Also, to the Brunel University design team, Offscreen Magazine and Shellsuit Zombie.

An introduction to #mex14 themes

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100 years of slate-itude

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100 years of slate-itude

The silhouette of mobile devices has firmly homogenised around the anonymous rectangle. Our fond memories of clamshells, spring-loaded sliders and rotary lipstick mobiles are starting to fade. Will there ever be a time when we can get excited mobile form factors again? Or is it better that we’ve focused attention on a single form for now? What barriers need to be removed before we are likely to see widespread form divergence?

Before we explore these questions, I want to talk about bik…

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Sensor overload

I’ve just been speaking to the guys at InvenSense about some of the sensors that they’re working on. This prototype watch makes Nike’s fuelband look like a bangle. It monitors a finer level of motion and orientation along with ambient conditions like light and humidity. This means that devices can make better guesses about context and respond in more intelligent ways.

Location:Carrer de la Metal·lúrgia,Hospitalet de Llobregat,Spain

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Pinch: a lovely little multi-device interaction

Sony’s MWC booth features a number of prize winners from their recent multi screen competition. One of my favourites was a simple gestural method of connecting multiple screens called Pinch. You just pinch the screens together, which draws a straight line between them both. This allows content to flow between screens as if they are attached.
Interesting applications in multi-screen interactions like gaming, but it is limited in that the devices must be right beside each other for it to wo…

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Material changes


Golla is one of numerous third party case manufacturers plying its wares at Mobile World Congress. Quite apart from being a level above most others in product quality, it is also a source of insight into the trends in materials and colours which might influence mobile device hardware.

Accessory manufacturer are inherently more flexible in how quickly they can respond to consumer demand for differentiation through new materials. They can also afford to offer a much wider range of choice tha…

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Notes from Mobile World Congress 2012

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Notes from Mobile World Congress 2012

Measures of technical prowess dominated Mobile World Congress. The event’s vocabulary was characterised by quad core 1.5 Ghz processors, 41 megapixel cameras, 720p displays and LTE network speeds, all resulting from intense competitive pressure at the high end of the device market.

Users, however, will struggle to see the difference.

My lasting impression of several days immersed in the industry’s most advanced technology is of a sea of generic black slates, each with slight diff…

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When industry is swayed by established behaviours

In the 1890s, the majority of consumers in the Far East purchased their oil in blue tins supplied by Standard Oil, the dominant American company which had grown rapidly through its extensive control of production and distribution. However, when a competing organisation led by the Samuel Brothers was able to slash the price of oil by through a new transportation network built around bulk tankers, Standard Oil found it had an unlikely competitive advantage. Far Eastern consumers had become so …

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Preview of MEX, 30th Nov – 1st Dec, London

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Preview of MEX, 30th Nov – 1st Dec, London

The 10th international MEX opens in 2 weeks. Join, learn, create.

30th November & 1st December | London

MEX defines the cutting edge of mobile user experience through curated Pathways, expert speakers and facilitated workshops. Participation represents an investment in expanding your knowledge and your network:

  1. Create new ideas with the brighest minds in mobile & design during 2 days of collaboration
  2. Learn from a complete post-event summary of videos…
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Meet the speakers: Franco Papeschi

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Meet the speakers: Franco Papeschi

After introducing new thinking as a speaker and Pathway #7 leader at the last MEX, Franco returns to lead the work on Pathway #13. In this role he facilitates a team using quiet design principles to reduce the visual noise of mobile interface design. His previous work on Pathway #7 set a standard for how a MEX participant can provoke new thinking and work collaboratively with team members to explore challenging topics – we’re delighted to invite him back for the next MEX. Franco’s career …

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MEX Notes: Microsoft makes every surface a touch screen

  • Source article: Microsoft makes every surface a touch screen
  • MEX note: Hrvoje Benko and Scott Saponas at Microsoft Research have created a prototype display which uses a pico projector and motion sensing technology to project a touch screen onto almost any surface. MEX alumni will recall the December 2010 session from Greg Taylor of TigerSpike, in which he explored the user experience possibilities of free space projection and pico projectors.

    One of the main conclusions from previous MEX…

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