The author’s main gripe in his rant is that instead of focusing on how we can further revolutionize what he we already have (touchscreen technology) we choose to instead focus on making small increments on the technology we already have. While the author appreciates the technological advancement that it took for us to get where we are today, he also has a problem with how touchscreen technology limits the usage of our body to full capacity that it can be used. I thought that this point hearkened back to one of our earliest class discussions of what interactivity truly means – we thought about how engaged one needed to be for something to be truly interactive, and to a certain extent, that is the point that the author makes as well. He wants us to research and focus on revolutionary technology that will engage us in all the ways we can.
In terms of my IM projects, thinking about how less of the body touchscreen technology uses is helpful because it expands my conception of what I can do with my projects. My last project involved just one single finger, but this blog post has definitely stirred me to think about how I could have engaged more of the human body in my project.
In the follow-up to this blog post, the author fends off the questions and criticisms directed his way after he published the original post. In this post, he clarifies that he did not mean to devalue touchscreen technology, and that he didn’t claim to offer any real solutions. However, that seemed like somewhat of a cop-out to me. I understand that the author simply wanted to bring to our attention a new way of thinking, but surely he couldn’t have assumed that nobody else was thinking in the same direction as him. In fact, with his background in future interfaces, I would have expected more of a focused direction to his thoughts.
Even so, it was an interesting read. I agree that we can and should look beyond the touchscreen, and I definitely like the idea of really engaging with the human body. I wish that the blog post had been a little more specific, if not in the exact solutions, then at least in the ways that the author thought we could start developing such research. However, I concede that this was simply a rant on a personal blog, and to expect from this post an academic, researched essay is a little far-fetched.