Henri Helps Design the Screenless Interfaces of Tomorrow

We typically think of the UI experience as it relates to information on a screen, but Method Design Group envisions a future full of ambient UI devices. A prototype, Henri, has been designed to function as an abstract stand-in for a connected home product, using lights, sounds, and halo patterns to respond to certain scenarios and commands.

Technology Industry Trends Weekly Wrap

With the smart home industry set to surge over the current decade, technologies that will prove worthwhile will utilize each appliance independently, either via customized interface or touch and voice command. Method Design Group is already testing a screen-free future with its Henri interface framework. Though its functionality is in the testing phase at this point, Henri opens up a new door for seamless tech design in the home. But getting back to the screen: Vivaldi has arrived as a challenger in the Web browser game, and Ericsson has made it possible to remotely operate machinery from across a continent using a virtual reality headset.

How to Ride the Smart Home Wave
The smart home technology market will grow almost tenfold by 2020. With the intense market saturation comes the need to effectively embrace these new technologies. The biggest trend we see: moving away from home control via mobile app to capitalize on voice command and each appliance’s tactile interface.

Vivaldi Is Quickly Becoming the Alternative Browser to Beat
Could the newly launched Vivaldi become the browser for power users? The platform features a host of powerful features, including on-demand image loading (useful on slower connections) and spatial navigation (great for navigating the page without the need for a mouse or trackpad).

Operating a Giant Excavator from 2500 Kilometers Away
After the Fukushima disaster in 2011, Ericsson began to investigate how to operate heavy machinery remotely to avoid risky radiation zones. Using an Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset and a heavy-machinery operator seat, Ericsson recently let CNET test out a real-life excavator in Sweden while sitting 2,500 km away in Barcelona. The experience was exceptional, potentially paving the way for new industrial VR applications.