Fang Talks

Software Engineer

Okay I came across this article (short rant) today, and I really should share it with you guys.

Touchscreens are everywhere nowadays, and some things can even be controlled by waving your arms in mid-air.
But take a good look at your hands. What can you do with them? They FEEL things, they can MANIPULATE things. All those important elements are missing from modern/future interaction design. We’re basically taking our amazing human capabilities out of technology, instead of finding new ways to use and enchant it.

Take a sandwich for example. You are making a sandwich of your choice. Take the time to notice the output and input of your hands. They move around, do all kinds of neat tricks, and tell you how you’re doing by sending the feel of the sandwich through your nerves to your brain.
When playing piano or your new iPad, you only feel that you’re touching a flat, glass surface, and can’t feel the pushing of the keys as you play.

You can tie your shoes with your eyes closed. No biggie, right? What if your hands couldn’t feel what you were doing? Pretty damn hard, huh?
That’s exactly what’s happening with interaction with modern/future technology.

I really do recommend you read this, even if you’re not one for big walls of text. It isn’t that much text, and the writing style is very well-readable. Go to that page, pay attention, and then come back and try to tell me touch screens are the best possible way of interacting with technology.

Sure, it’s cool and all, but we’re not using out amazing human abilities anymore. Very great loss, right there.
~ Fang

Comments

  • 12/11/2011 (12:41 AM)

    I recently rode an elevator with a touch screen control. My sister thinks it’s “Hi-tech” and all but I kinda felt uncomfortable with it because I’m pressing buttons but can only feel a flat screen.

  • 10/11/2011 (3:02 PM)

    Touch screens seem good. You’ll still always need your hands.

  • 10/11/2011 (9:17 AM)

    Welp, that looks like something else they’re going to have to work on for future innovations.

  • 10/11/2011 (2:32 AM)

    To be honest I hadn’t totally thought of it that way, and I find myself agreeing. I love touchscreens, and like to play with them, but there are a lot of cool things out there. I like playing a piano, I’m not good at it, and can’t play anything, but it feels good. All the things you can feel just by running your hand along something, all the tiny dents in a wall, it’s a pretty cool thing.

  • 10/11/2011 (1:46 AM)

    Hmm, I wish I could design a touch screen that is like a shallow pool of water that you could manipulate digital objects in real time, and have electrical signals pass into your hands to give the sensation of touch.

  • 09/11/2011 (10:16 PM)

    That’s actually a pretty good point.

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