Google Glass and #NoUi


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Google Glass is a massive scale social experiment. The first heads up display that has the potential for mass adoption. Most of us are old enough to remember the “elitist” moniker of the mobile phone when it first went commercial, the yuppy accessory in the City, now used globally by billions.

I will explore the Google Glass through its unique user experience, what challenges there are in moving from heads down to heads up and the ways it challenges our preconceptions about the way we create software services, how do we create value when there may be #NoUi?

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Google Glass and #NoUi

  1. 1. Google Glass and #NoUi @daveslocombe Head of Mobile Droidcon13
  2. 2. Google Glass is a massive scale social experiment, the first wearable computer to have the potential for mass adoption It challenges everything, the way we create, the way we interact with the world, our right to privacy, our social norms…even what we call it
  3. 3. revolution? fad?
  4. 4. from heads down to heads up
  5. 5. “…and as Glasses have highly promoted our seeing, so 'tis not improbable, but that there may be found many mechanical inventions to improve our other senses of hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching.“ 1665 – Robert Hooke
  6. 6. Accelerometer Head motion detection Bluetooth & Wifi For pairing with your phone and connecting to the web Transparent display The equivalent of seeing a 25” monitor a few feet away Bone transducer Audio through your Ear bones, leaving your ear free to hear the environment Touchpad Touch controls to accompany the voice control Camera 5MP/720p
  7. 7. I browse Future view Content behaviour Near to Far Indulging I search … Near + Now … Snacking …
  8. 8. I browse Future view Content behaviour Near to Far Indulging I search I act Near + Now Now Snacking Secondary
  9. 9. "To be honest, once we got into the surgery, I often forgot the device was there, it just seemed very intuitive and fit seamlessly." Dr Kaeding streamed live knee ligament surgery to his students
  10. 10. Primary task Execute successful Surgery on a patient Secondary Task Remote consultation on procedure via video and audio link Secondary Task Educate students so they can conduct the same procedure
  11. 11. We can now consider these senses “always on” Rather than a focal activity “The computer runs continuously, and is 'always ready' to interact with the user.” - Mann
  12. 12. #NoUI?
  13. 13. Principles of #NoUI Principle 1: Eliminate interfaces to embrace natural processes Principle 2: Leverage computers instead of catering to them. Principle 3: Create a system that adapts for people. Golden Krishna - Samsung
  14. 14. #NoUI High Empowered to make decisions on your behalf Complex synthesis of Contextual data User is directed to act by the system • • • • • Context Awareness Cloud Data Sensor Data Social Data Communication with objects Historical service interaction System Effort You are: Data Entry Data analyst Decision engine Low #MaxUi • Recognise input • Simple user model • Display Output
  15. 15. #NoUI System Effort Low User experiences a frictionless relationship with services The concepts of on, off, checking tasks and information are alien User Effort It’s a focal activity, requiring planning, concentration to execute a task High #MaxUi
  16. 16. I visit my family and stay in a cosy hotel nearby Travel example … pre dot com #NoUI System User #MaxUi
  17. 17. I visit my family and stay in a cosy hotel nearby Travel example … PC experience #NoUI System User #MaxUi
  18. 18. I visit my family and stay in a cosy hotel nearby Travel example … Mobile experience #NoUI System User #MaxUi
  19. 19. #NoUI System Context Awareness Wearable #MVUI Mobile User Cognitive load (effort) #MaxUi PC
  20. 20. Desire - friction = conversion
  21. 21. What I have learned from using Glass so far…
  22. 22. #1 Its not just about the display
  23. 23. #2 most apps get turned off if they don’t resonate with a short term need.
  24. 24. #3 the screen is ordinarily off Old information on the timeline is DEAD
  25. 25. #4 sound is always on – we haven’t touched even 1% of the capability of augmented hearing
  26. 26. #5 video and photos are killer apps
  27. 27. #6 Maps (could be) a killer App and hints at bright future for travellers
  28. 28. #7 its easy to be more social
  29. 29. #8 it’s an early beta product • The screen out of the user field of view feels like its missing a trick, moveable display joint? • No ability to change depth of field, field adjustment! • It gets bogged down in some processes • Battery life is not great, less than a day
  30. 30. Primary task Seek the #MVUI Minimum viable User Interface Treat it as if it were a matter of life and death Do not interrupt carelessly Secondary Task Add direct and clear value to the Primary Task
  31. 31. Things to do now… Ask me a question! Send me feedback or questions via twitter @daveslocombe Come to my wearable tech meetup for Demos and Talks:…Heads Up London Going native? Read Join the debate and the massive global beta experiment
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