understanding, using and developing things: User Experience as the core concept
of an experience need not only refer to technological, game-based tools. This
is where all possible solutions are required that support us before, during and
after the application. User Experience means support and consulting, both
analog and digital. It manages to be individual and to create a positive basic
feeling. This can be the design of a shopping experience as well as the visual
communication or the design of the legal requirements for a social media app.
Whether acoustic, visual or haptic, whether between people, people and machines
or machines among themselves: the feedback, showing different paths and a positive
signal during the decision-making process are important tools for successful
user interfaces in daily interaction.
How cooktops work: turn or press the knob, the hotplate switches on. Anyone who has to juggle a large number of pots and pans while preparing a multi-course menu and has to constantly readjust the hotplates on a ceramic hob knows that it’s like playing a game of Memory. Which hotplate was on at which setting? Up to six pots or pans can be freely placed on the Siemens EZ977KZY1E induction cooktop activeLight, the interactive hob automatically detects their position. An intelligent, interactive cooktop, visual feedback included.
HP Reverb VR Headset (HP Inc., USA) | VR headset
While the use of virtual reality was still part of the futuristic story in such science fiction classics as Tron or Matrix, today’s VR has jumped from the screen down into the audience – and even into their own homes. After box office hits in 3D, you can now bring your cinema experience into your own four walls via VR, including big screens and audience avatars. But if the hardware falters or the headset pinches, the dive into virtual worlds can be seriously compromised. The HP Reverb VR Headset scores points with its lightness and handling and is impressive with the high resolution of the LCDs. Have fun time warping to the next galaxy!
Galaxy Fold (Samsung Electronics, Republic of Korea) | Smartphone
For some generations, you know you’re getting older when you can remember cell phones that were as big as logs. Cell phones got smaller, with more functions (texting!) – and smart, of course as well. However, as more and more apps and functions are activated at the same time, the touch screen is more and more frequently becoming a problem. What should you do, then, when a tablet just won’t fit into your pants pocket? The Samsung Galaxy Fold has the solution. Flip it open, use the Infinity Flex Display and enjoy the tablet feeling on a smartphone. A big hit among baby boomers and Generation X as well.
JBL Partybox 1000 experience (Harman International Industries, Inc., USA) | Audio speaker
A suitcase full of records or CDs: life as a DJ was no picnic, it was a drag. What the change from analog to digital has brought about in the field of music, above all, is sampling according to your own sound needs and to fit the occasion. While playlists generated on recommendation are fun to listen to, they could only be played to a rather small target group within range of the Bluetooth speakers up to now. With the JBL Partybox 1000 experience, the name says it all. Designed for parties, it performs as a DJ, light show and orchestra all in one. And with all that sound that just won’t quit, here’s an important tip: be sure to invite the neighbors to party along with you!