UX Design for the IoT and the Rise of Natural Interaction
|The Internet of Things (IoT) is a vast frontier for user experience (UX) designers to undertake. Estimates of numbers of deployed devices vary greatly but suffice it to say that most predictions estimate billions of devices by 2020 with a market value in the trillions. A world saturated with computing sorely needs good UX design. What skills are required of UX designers for ubiquitous computing? Many existing skills will still be relevant since people change slowly, but the technology is evolving rapidly. Besides new skills specific to the new technologies, designers need a new overarching design paradigm. Designers still cling to the GUI like a life raft even though it does not address the cross-sensory or non-GUI interaction of many IoT devices. Natural User Interface (NUI) appears to show the most promise as a new overarching design paradigm and designers would benefit greatly from gaining an understanding of NUI principles.