Interfacing with the air
The latest pick in our series from Brunel’s designers comes from Sarah Hutley. She selected Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry’s demo of SixthSense, a wearable projection system developed by MIT and linked with a mobile device.
Sarah comments: “I’m sure you have probably seen this link before, but I find it so intriguing that the wearable technology sector can merge with our everyday hand movements and gestures. I particularly like that it can take photos by simply making a frame with your hands. Smart and intuitive technology like this only going to increase in the coming years and that possibility really excites me.”
The video ties into the themes of MEX Pathway #12, which explores how designers can improve their understanding of what feels natural and innate for users, and translate those behaviours into new gestures and interactions. Also, it is strongly underpinned by the principles of MEX Pathway #2, where we look at the multiplier effect which can be created by combining several digital touchpoints into a single experience.
The MEX blog is featuring ideas, images and videos selected by the designers at Brunel University in the build-up to the next MEX event on 30th November/1st December 2011.
Each breakout team at MEX is supported by a pair of Brunel designers, who work with the team’s facilitator to inject new thoughts and help the group to visualise ideas for their final presentation. The involvement of Brunel’s designers continues a thriving partnership between MEX and Brunel, which has seen the students contributing their design skills and fresh creative spirit to several previous MEX events, while building relationships with and learning from the industry pioneers in the MEX community.
The Brunel designers were asked to share a single item which has been inspirational to them, with no limitation on the industry it was sourced from or its subject matter.
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