Yves Behar’s vision of where we are headed
“Until now, that's the direction technology has taken us -- living and gorging on screens with our heads down in our phones. But 2016 will be the year this changes. Why? Because we know something is wrong. The loss of humanness is very real. We also know that technology has the profound potential to enhance our experience of the world around us, rather than distract us from it.
I call this the Invisible Interface -- a movement wherein technology still provides us with information and gives us command of our surroundings, but through discreet signals rather than screens. It is not that different from the way we orient ourselves in nature: we look at the Sun to understand how much daylight is left in the day; we feel a breeze and turn towards it to scan the horizon for the sign of a storm.
This new approach to the transmission of information is much harder to build than pixels on a screen. And yet it is so much more rewarding for the designer, because the resulting user experience is natural, fluid and non-interruptive. Information and action is then woven into our lives so discreetly that, if it weren't for the magical experiences it creates, we would forget it is there.”
Behar cites the August Smart Lock as an example