Thursday, May 31, 2012

Future #UX: There You Are

Johnny Mnemonic, 1995: Keanu Reeves in the expository opening scenes, equal parts Case from Neuromancer, and every noir lead with a hat, lives in a future that doesn't have iPhones or the cloud.  He videochats with a wall screen and a clicker, and the data he carries in the hard drive in his head gets in there with minidiscs, cables, and jacks.

But as much as the #UX of this particular future feels outdated,  if you turn the real future sideways,  it can be amazingly prescient.

Consider the form factor of the old Trimline phone. They got the size and feel of the moving parts -- the interactive part -- very much right.

Side by side, the old phone and the new one look like they came from the same dream.

And when you get to where you're going, there you are.

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