As a direct effect, developers are already working on a project called “i4Siri,” which will hopefully bring the personal assistant to the last year’s iPhone in a legal way. There will still be a need for older devices to run iOS 5, but with a couple of Cydia tweaks and utilities, Siri will probably help you get things done on your iPhone 4 soon.
via Developers Work to Bring Siri to Older iPhones [VIDEO].
It is funny they would waste the time to push this to older phones, in some ways they are the king of building a cool product then creating another one right after that makes you think their old product isn’t good enough. They are bucking the trend here by caring enough for a product to go back and make it better, though I suspect their interest is to push the new voice interface culture more than caring about making your last model phone cool.
The second interesting thing is that Siri is on a phone. It may seem like nothing, but in the user interface world this is a strategic move. Siri lets people now talk to their machines. This is one more step toward trying to humanize the technology interface. Of course using the phone as the gateway makes sense since we already talk into the phone.
Previously talking to other people with the phone being the interface, now we talk to the interface. This is very smart and part of a bigger plan to get people to humanize technology and machines. It will then move the flaw of user interface from the mechanics of use to the translation and understanding of the phone. Interesting to think of the ramifications to other markets, technologies, and devices..
This week, we chose three startups that are helping to tailor content in a digital environment that has become over-saturated with information
via 3 New Ways to Connect With Content That Interests You.
Very good post, and besides the 3 startups it lists, they catch on a very powerful concept. Information management and display is a huge issue in an information age. It isn’t just building websites and apps that do this on a singular level. Designers can learn from this and add this to their projects they are working on.
This is the backbone of user interface, and I have said before that the future is about user interface. How we connect to information is measured every time a user accesses our site or product. How much static is in the line and how smoothly the interaction between technology and humans is will determine a large part of every projects success.
So as I explore the world of information and innovation, I bring with it a point of view and observations of an outsider…
First observation, the news sites and blogs on tech are vomited with ads and clutter. Most popular blogs are so busy I feel like a goat that was scared and might tip over. For technology experts you would think the basic concept of streamlined efficient user interface would be common sense.
Why not have a simple layout that delivers high quality information? That is what my vision for my blog is. Do we need flashing ads? Hell no! people who are smart enough to read about technology and innovation are too smart to be lured into an ad for some crap that is flashing in the sidebar. Do you really buy a Chevy because a banner ad? Let’s start with smarts.
If your information is a Ferrari you don’t need to try and monetize the blog with a flashing idiot ad. I expect more out of the top people in the tech world. Your information has a user interface and it is the layout of your blog or site. How is clutter working for Yahoo right now vs Google…. All this innovation and not the common sense to make a site that is as intelligent as the people reading it. Think about it..