How Two Ex-Amazon Engineers Invented a New Type of Customizable Force Interface 

It feels like a wave of pressure-sensitive tactile interfaces has been about to crest for years. But a pair of engineers believe they’ve built the hardware and software that could delivers on that promise—and they’ve funded the first round of production in just a couple of hours. »8/25/15 6:20pm8/25/15 6:20pm

Amazon's Echo Might Be Its Most Important Product In Years

It's pretty rare that a new product truly surprises us. But today Amazon did just that, introducing Echo, a talking, listening piece of electronic furniture. It's like having the internet on your kitchen table, cracking jokes and settling bets, and it's the most innovative device Amazon's made in years. »11/06/14 2:33pm11/06/14 2:33pm

MIT Made a Smartphone Control a Computer With a Simple Touch

Have you ever held your smartphone up to your laptop screen and thought about how cool it would be if the two devices could work together, physically? Well now, thanks to a team from the MIT Media Lab, they can. New software lets you use your smartphone as an extra interface for a computer, and it looks awesome. »9/15/14 4:33pm9/15/14 4:33pm

How Scientists Made This Ordinary Phone a Touchless Interface

When touchscreens came to the first iPhone, they felt like a marvelous new way to interact with the devices in our hands. Dirty or wet or gloved fingers reveal the limitations of the touchscreen, though, and touchless interfaces may be closer than you think—a lightly modified ordinary phone can detect hand gestures… »9/03/14 7:52pm9/03/14 7:52pm

The 11 Most Exciting UI and UX Ideas of 2013

Much has changed in our world in the past decade. Remember 2003? 50 Cent was still on top, as was Dubya, and you were hot shit if your cellphone had a color screen. Imagine knowing that in ten years, we'd interact with tech using our voices, our gestures, and even our brainwaves. 2013, in particular, has been a year… »12/26/13 9:00am12/26/13 9:00am

Touchy-Feely Speakers Hint at the Future of Haptic Interfaces

Touchscreens are flat and hard by necessity—thanks to their dense layers of glass, conductive metal, and capacitors. But as haptic interfaces start to appear in commercial gadgets, touchscreen devices are poised to become even more… touchy. Enter Eunhee Jo, a Korean designer who’s spending the next year as a designer… »9/20/13 6:20pm9/20/13 6:20pm

Forget Mouse and Keyboard, Elektrobiblioteka Controls a Computer With a Book

There's a lot of talk that technology is going to kill the book, eBooks specifically. It's true that physical books are still pretty low-tech, but that doesn't mean they have to stay that way. Maybe there could be a future where books are actually computer peripherals. If so, the prototype Elektrobiblioteka is a… »9/09/12 11:00am9/09/12 11:00am