Mobile Development and Human Ex.
Your phone is a pretty complex piece of machinery. It allows you to connect with those you care about, purchase products and keeps track of what’s important to you. Whether it’s asking Siri for the directions to the nearest coffee shop or keeping track of the distance you ran, these capabilities create an immersive connection between you and your device. The way these abilities affect your everyday life is part of the Human Experience. How our mobile devices allow us to interact with the world around us will become more important as we move forward in mobile development and design.
With the way devices evolve around us, mobile app developers and designers are finding new ways to help us interact with each other and the world around. They have to be able to constantly adapt to new software, updates, and device hardware. The exciting thing about working in this field is that with each device change or evolution developers are given more tools to provide a better experience. Design is getting to a point where developers won’t be designing around what the device allows them to do but what they want the user to be able to do. Once the technology hits this point these mobile world builders won’t be constricted with what they can do and design will take off in ways we can only imagine. If we can create a seamless immersive application that interacts with you and your world then the human experience part of this field will take off!
Currently, there are a lot of watches and fitness trackers on the market but most of them seems pretty gimmicky. While allowing users to set reminders, send messages and read emails is great, they won’t be replacing the mobile phone anytime soon. Moving forward companies who seek to stake a claim in the medical field of wearables will be the ones shaping the industry. The Fitbit is a prime example of this. It helps monitor continuous heart rate, all-day activity stats and sleep patterns. There are many medical and health applications to this. In years to come wearable that people have might not be visible. The ventricular assist device and other implantable medical equipment are machines that could assist from advances in wearable tech, the Internet of things, and greatly affect the Human experience.
So far, we have spoken on the subject of mobile design and wearables in the human experience, but where are these items headed? The possibilities are endless. Imagine leaving your house early in the morning and leaving the door unlocked. Noticing that you have left, because of the location of your phone, it locks the door for you while in the same instance your car unlocks its doors and turns on. What about your refrigerator? Could it one-day place orders on its own for the things you are missing. These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to wearable tech in the foreseeable future. They will have a great impact on the Human Experience. A year or so from now phone and watches won’t be the only wearables that all will share. Glasses will become more prominent with head-up displays (h.u.d.) or maybe even shoes will have integrated tech. With so many options, it will be excited to see what mobile app developers come up with.