01.24.2011 Welcome to designBytes, the electronic newsletter of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). Here's the latest design and design-related news we've collected from around the Web.
Ford Wants to Hire 750 People: Here’s a bit of good news coming from Detroit: Mark Fields, Ford’s president of the Americas, said that the 750 salaried jobs Ford is looking to fill in the next two years are for product developers and engineers, notably people with expertise in design, software architecture, prototyping and validation. “We want more user interface designers, people with voice recognition and acoustics signal processing expertise, circuit design analysis specialists, software integration quality specialists and more,” Fields said. http://www.freep.com/article/20110112/BUSINESS01/110112063/1320/Ford-wants-to-hire-750-product-developers-engineers.
The Miracle of Drinkable Drinks: Drinking water—or any drinkable fluid—remains a fundamental challenge for citizens in various parts of the developing world. It’s also a problem that rears up whenever natural disasters deplete or poison natural resources. In a bit of good news for thirsty citizens around the world, Eastman Innovation Lab has shepherded a collaboration that has yielded the Hydropack, a pouch filled with electrolytes and nutrients that converts any kind of water into a flavored, healthy drink. This video begins to tell a rather remarkable design story born of an ambitious collaboration: http://www.innovationlab.eastman.com/InnovationLab/Insights/Example/Keith_Lampi.htm.
Beyond the Kinect: Microsoft Research employs 1,000 scientists across the globe. Teams work out of labs in the U.S., the U.K., India and elsewhere. Some of their work explores the way Natural User Interface (NUI) technology is evolving. As we know, machine learning is increasingly being employed to make systems more reactive. In this interview with Microsoft’s Andrew Blake, we learn a bit about what technologies and applications may emerge as the Kinect and other NUIs reveal more lessons: http://www.techradar.com/news/computing/beyond-kinect-microsofts-vision-for-next-gen-interfaces-922344.
Jakob Nielsen’s First Impressions of the Kinect: According to Nielsen, Kinect is an exciting advance in user interface technology, but many of the user experience characteristics that make it so also mean that it's not the road ahead for the practical user interfaces. “Design ideas that make Kinect fun,” he says, “could cost you millions.” http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/6253/kinect_gestural_ui_first_.php.
How the Science of Behavior Can Help Environmentalists: The same questions about behavior change seem to come up again and again: How do you change people’s behaviors? Which behavior change theory is best? Do threats work? Do incentives work? How do you create great messages? One man, Les Robinson, has shared some answers that could aid those seeking to further sustainable business practices: http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/01/what-everyone-wants-to-know-about-behavior-change/.
NASA Unveils Passenger Plane Designs for 2025: Remember when NASA tasked the three largest U.S. airplane builder with designing a concept plane for them? Well, the design concepts for some near future flying machines have been unveiled. If you haven’t seen them yet, Inhabitat has renderings that are pretty intriguing: http://inhabitat.com/nasas-unveils-passenger-plane-designs-for-2025/.