Usability & Accessibility
Providing a great user experience is not just about a pretty-looking user interface. It is about creating an effective, efficient and satisfying interaction as well as taking people with special needs into account who need not just a workaround but an equally great UI.
There are numerous methods and tools to create great systems with a stunning user interface. People shall not just accept a system, but like it. They should not just feel comfortable with it but increase confidence. All of those methods and tools can be applied within the user-centred design workflow, which is an iterative process to develop interactive systems tightly bound to users’ requirements, needs, and preferences.
Social Assistance Robots
While nowadays industrial robots are absolutely common in assembly line production environments, personal assistance robots start to become present in more and more homes in new form factors such as tiny flat vacuum cleaners. Currently, they mostly do not need to communicate with its users – but they will in the nearer future. They will become your tech-embodied personal assistant and, interaction-wise, become something like a social entity at home which opens an entirely new universe of useful applications.
People are different. They have specific needs, specific preferences. They differ in many dimensions: age, gender, language, cultural influences, different social environments, etc. Diversity is great, and that is why the ideal user interface pays attention to the individual situation of its users. Furthermore, next to the diversity of users, the actual context of use influences the current set of requirements to be met to provide a great user experience. A user interface that can automatically adapt to this full set of requirements would be the gold standard.