Interactive touch interfaces have been the talk of the town lately, and Corningware just inspired more chatter with its beautifully executed video, ”A Day Made of Glass”, which shares Corningware’s vision for the future of specialty glass, featuring eye-opening seamless digital experiences. TAT did a similar concept video back in September and Razorfish used Microsoft Surfaces to showcase their interactive interface technology as well.
The possibilities have been made clear through these concept videos, and the seamless integration of digital into daily life around the material, Corningware glass, definitely opens minds to the best medium through which these digital interactions will take place. The transparency of glass makes it a natural shoo-in for these experiences; however it will be interesting to see how designers and engineers will be able to create technologically enabled glass! (midnightoilcreative)
For those who thought Fabian Hemmert’s concept of the shape-shifting mobile phone to be a far too fanciful, think again. TAT, an admirable group of visual artists, engineers, and interaction designers who “eat, sleep, and breathe user interfaces” also sees a future replete with malleable screens. In fact, TAT also envisions a future where screens can be built into wifi connected mirrors, desks or backside of gadgets clothed with e-ink screens, tactile feedback, color screens with great contrast in sunlight, holographics/stereoscopic screens, color e-ink touch screens, or screens that know their relation to other screens with the help of ultrasonic emitters and microphones. It’s pretty awesome and I wouldn’t mind stretching my tiny phone screen out to tablet size whenever I needed to or read some e-mails on my mirror as I brush my teeth. Hats off to these innovators and forward-thinkers. Oh, and by the way, Blackberry’s RIM (in their pursuit to out-sexy Apple) has acquired TAT with a new, long-term, and in-depth commitment to developing better user interfaces. After all, in this fast-paced day and age, no user has the patience to deal with a touchscreen that falls a touch below magical.