Rise of AI and ZeroUI

March, 08 2018 | UI, zero ui, Smart Technology, AI

AI and ZeroUI are on the rise and are increasingly being used in all different kinds of industries. Part of this move is that a large part of making devices more accessible to all kinds of users is incorporating a way for them to interact with their devices in a way that does not rely on a screen (ZeroUI). It is clear that in 2018 there will be more of a focus on creating interfaceless designs in an effort to create simple, innovative and engaging user experiences.  However, looking towards the future, interfaceless designs will become more and more integrated into our daily lives. It is estimated that by the year 2020, 30% of all web browsing will be done through screenless designs and through interactions such as voice commands, gestures and eye tracking (Gartner https://www.gartner.com/).

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Why Conversational UI is So Successful

December, 21 2017 | UI, zero ui, Conversational UI, hybrid UI

In collaboration with Alan Patrick and David Hoberman.

Conversational UI’s give the opportunity to interact with technology on a similar level than we are accustomed to interacting with people on a day to day basis.  As this technology grows, it continues to gain a stronger presence on every digital platform, and its overall usage becomes more mainstream. One of the earliest adaptors, Apple, leading the way with Siri, showed one of the various ways in which conversational UIs can be applied to a technological platform that we interact with daily. Recently, we see that chat boxes and conversational UI have become increasingly welcomed and demanded, leading to increased engagement with devices and success in a variety of ways.

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Designing a Conversational UI Experience: Conversation Basics

December, 20 2017 | Design, UI, zero ui, Conversational UI

In collaboration with Levi Warvel and Mariano Rodriguez.

A lot goes into a designing a good conversational UI; it needs to have a personality, it needs to adapt, it needs to be able to engage with the user and it needs to be natural for the user to interact with. The challenge for designers is to design this UI to be as intuitive and simple as possible, but without a traditional on-screen UI. When designing a conversational UI experience, it is essential to try and capture the flow of a conversation so that the interaction between the device and the user is seamless. In order to do this, it is essential to understand the basics of human conversation.

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Conversational UIs and Hybrid Interfaces

December, 19 2017 | UI, zero ui, Conversational UI, hybrid UI

In collaboration with: Andrea Bascetta, Priscilla Lim and Hannah Postings.

Life moves at a fast pace and users have increasing to-do lists of tasks they need to complete, frequently juggling multiple things at a time. As a result, it is important that their devices are able to keep up with all that the user needs them to do in today's fast paced world. Hybrid UIs -- which combine the features of graphics and command lines -- can offer a level of efficiency that conventional GUIs, or graphical user interfaces, lack. Where conventional GUIs present users with multiple pieces of information to sift through all at once, hybrid UIs can deliver smaller snippets of information at the users’ command that the user can then take action on to quickly complete their tasks.

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What is Conversational UI?

December, 08 2017 | UI, zero ui, Conversational UI

We have seen the rise in popularity over conversational UI as being an essential part of the technology we use in our daily lives. From Alexa to Google Home, to Siri and Cortana, conversational UIs are popping up all around us. We know that we can ask them questions and they will respond to us; but what exactly is conversational UI?

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What You Should Know About ZeroUI

April, 07 2017 | zero ui

“Looking to the future, the next big step will be for the very concept of the ‘device’ to go away.” - Sundar Pichai, Google C.E.O

In a world where we rely on screens for everything from contacting other people, taking photos or videos, to finding our way around town, it is hard to imagine a world without screens. Currently we use our screens to complete the good majority of our day to day tasks.  What would it be like if we could complete all these tasks without the use of screens? How would that change the user experience? More importantly, how would it change the way we interact with our technology on an everyday basis?  So as a result, what should you know about ZeroUI?

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