Is The Touchscreen Killing Or Reinventing Design?
As mono-functioning electronics, such as calculators and alarm clocks, face extinction, designers are exploring how to best exploit the ambiguity of today's electronic devices.
As mono-functioning electronics, such as calculators and alarm clocks, face extinction from the consolidation trend which skins multiple devices under a single touchscreen, the emphasis on digital interfaces resulted in a dearth of multi-faceted tangible electronics.
Industrial designers have traditionally consented to mechanistic parameters that dictates the form of products. However, as mechanics are increasingly swapped for microchips, the internal components are encapsulated in a slender form. Many physical constraints are eliminated and designers are empowered with liberal control to ergonomics and expression.