Interaction with sensory user interfaces – computers, automats, mobile phones – has become part of our everyday life. Interaction designers and software engineers, the masterminds behind those complex systems, make an effort to develop more subtile ways of utilising digital devices ever since. The more intuitive manipulation becomes, the easier it is to embed the technology into everyday life. The procedures which have thereby changed particularly challenge product designers and architects. What does a solely acoustically operated telephone look like? And what about a computer interface working in three dimensions?
Before finding their ways into the most recent mobile phones or facade systems such new developments are mostly exemplified in installations – Ars Electronica in Linz is the major international festival for digital art. In collaboration with the first London Digital Week, this year’s Tent featured ‘Tent Digital’ – an extensive exhibition of digital and digitally supported work by international designers and artists.