"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it."
Henry Ford (via psych-facts)
Social-Emotional Intelligence + Technology
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Human-Centered Design helps us better understand the latent and articulated needs of users, addressing the question of ‘why we are doing this’ in new ways.
If you’ve ever been confused about how you’re feeling, and it happened to be the 1970s, you could always count on the mood ring. The jewelry fad claimed to read wearers’ levels of anxiety or ebullience by measuring body temperature.
Today there’s a more reliable—but equally far-out—app that performs a similar function: the clmtrackr, a new emotion-analysis tool created by a Norwegian computer scientist named Audun Øygard.
You turn on your webcam, stare into your screen, and the program will tell you what emotions you’re experiencing, and in what proportions, from anger to sadness to joy.
Forrester Sees 2014 As An Intelligent, Wearable & Highly Fragmented Year
The internet is a buzz with predictions for next year as we get ready to say goodbye to 2013. Among the crystal-ball gazing is a list of six computing meta-trends from independent tech and market research company Forrester.
Forrester’s computing trends are in context to what they call “The Age of the Consumer”, a period where being customer-oriented is key to gaining marketshare.
We’ve summarized the six meta-trends here but highly suggest you head on over to the original post written by Forrester VP JP Grownder on the Forrester blog.
- Customers will no longer accept brand experiences that do not have contextual experiences available on any device they are using including mobile and tablets.
- Operating systems will continue to be as fragmented as 2013 but despite companies vying for consumer stickiness, users won’t be loyal.
- We will see many wearables reach their commercial release next year along with some big players entering the market.
- Digital assistants like Google Now and Siri become more useable and more useful and start to change how we interact with devices
- Gesture-control will become the new use case for computing with the proliferation of many hardware options and applications from developers.
- 2014 is the year when we will start to walk into a store and it will know you and customize your shopping experience to make it more relevant (Channel).
It is in our hands…Thank you for your guidance, Madiba.