The feature that Apple took 26 years to get right

OSX Mojave comes with a little-publicised feature called Stacks. Apple patented the design for this in 1992, first implemented it in a half-hearted way in 2003 and then it took another 15 years before they launched it in the way it was envisaged.

Car interior UI should be an app

There’s a fascinating recent post by Sam Livingstone for Car Design Research on The Rental Car Design Flip. Livingstone says that as more cars are “shared” then the interior design will become what people care about, rather than the exterior. This is a challenge to traditional automotive design. This interior over exterior design-flip looks likely to […]

Google’s self-driving car is a Penrose Triangle

Casey Newton at The Verge was one of many journalists who went to google’s show-and-tell about the Google Car, where it trundled them around a parking lot on top of a re-purposed mall that Google now has offices in. Lots of the pieces about this even were sort of wide-eyed wonder combined with utter banality. “The […]

Smart home optimists mistake the plumbing for the furniture

The darkly hilarious “The Snakes and Ladders of Smart Home suggests that smart homes will cause more divorces than Ashley Madison (I’ll take “references that only made sense in 2015”, Alex). The end of the post proposes that homes aren’t a good place for automation because they’re too diverse. Instead, automation should find its way into offices, hotels […]