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Future distortion

November 3, 2011

There seems to be an ongoing idea of futuristic concepts, from Microsoft and RIM, on how we’re going to use mobile devices. They’re all look so out of this world, the kind of digital live you see in movies. In fact, you thought you’re watching a movie, a Minority Report type of movie.

I really don’t understand the purpose of those concept videos; are they just for show off, or are they for entertainment. Or perhaps this has some sort of connection to who got the first idea for the design, so they’ll get the credit of being the first to came up with it.

If their argument for the video is for an imagination to guide them in the fast-track to the future, they made a fool of themselves. If anyone can be successful just by doing that, then every tech companies can be like Apple, or better. And if they do need a guidance, at least they should do it with original ideas.

There’s no denying the impact of iOS in user interface design of every devices used in the videos, from the touch interface to how smooth the display moves naturally in response to the touch. And don’t forget the famous pinch-to-zoom, they don’t bothered to find a better way to do it, or try to do it differently. They are stuck with Apple’s design.

But here’s the silver lining of difference between how Microsoft and RIM see the future vs. Apple’s point of view; in the videos you’ll quickly notice the users are mostly touching and typing with their advanced devices, there’s no such thing like Siri where you speak to it to get things done.

Telling your device to do your chores, now that sounds more like the future to me.

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