App Idea: Augmented Reality Guides

The product I’d like to present today is a platform for augmented-reality experiences targeted to museums and art galleries. The decline in attendance to museums is a problem I care about. Despite numerous attempts to attract new visitors this trend doesn't seem to slow down any time soon. It’s becoming increasingly important to leverage new technology to enhance the value proposition of exhibitions. The presented platform would consist primarily in a customisable mobile app that replaces the old devices used for guided tours and enables new interactions. ( ... )

UX idea: Tab Management

Another post, another UX idea! The latest browsers releases are not the memory hogs they once were, but one of the things they cannot yet handle perfectly are tabs. It must've happened to you as well: after an afternoon of merrily browsing the net you end up with dozens of tabs open. It's still difficult to handle for most browser: I'm looking particularly at you Chrome! This is not an issue only from a technological standpoint, but also an UX one. Too many tabs are difficult to have a complete picture of, they cannot be meaningfully grouped and are not really visible. Today's idea will try to solve this. ( ... )

Facebook is dangerous

I've become increasingly worried about social media and its role in today's society. Nowadays everyone of us uses one of such services, be it Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc... With time the use of technology became increasingly personal and it's difficult to imagine a smartphone user not having Whatsapp on its phone (I'm talking about the Western markets primarily). If the phones are not used to share text they are used to share photos: Instagram being one of the biggest platform for that. After having stopped Snapchat in its meteoric rise, it's rapidly approaching 1 Billion users. What have most of these top apps in common? They are all owned by Facebook. ( ... )

Bitcoin and the 21st century digital gold rush

It seems that everyday now a new Bitcoin article comes out on the media that announces a spike in the value of the crypto-coin. Articles span between some kids that got insanely rich with small investments to the unbelievable amount of energy the all mining network consumes. Only in the last month the exchange rate for Bitcoin doubled and it’s more than 3x since 6 months ago. Is this the begin of a bubble in crypto-currencies? Is there anything we can learn from it? ( ... )

UX lessons from East

One of the most interesting phenomena relative to interaction paradigms is how mobile is increasingly pervasive in our everyday life. We're transitioning from a desktop-centric approach to technology to a mobile one. It's interesting to notice though, that in some places in the world (especially in China) mass adoption of computing devices started directly with smartphones. ( ... )