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A Mobile Experience Like You've Never Seen

I think everyone at SXSW has that one session that puts them on their heels. Today, it was my turn and I can’t stop blabbing about it to my peers.

Sung Kim‘s session “The Next Mobile Experience” opened with teasing ideas about why we need to re-think our ways of using mobile technologies and landed on not only a new way of thinking about how we interact, design, and think about mobile, but showcased an impressive prototype.

Currently our devices and software restrict us to boring rectangles and bland navigational tools. But what if we could alter the common rectangle structure of our phones? Why are we still pointing and clicking like monkeys? Kim introduced us to his way to fundamentally change the experience.

Enter the gesture-driven mobile experience – http://thegestures.com/#sxsw

Kim argues that we need to stop with all the content boxes. We need to lose the “intuitive” side navigation. Kim’s gesture-driven mobile device places relevant, tailored user-information and utilizes fluid control. This combination enables users to experience efficiency like never before.

This paradigm spawned from the seemingly confined shape of our mobile phones and the dependencies we have with navigation tools. Kim deftly pointed out that Windows tried to push the envelope with Windows 8, only to cave under pressure and bring back the Start button because some are unwilling to adapt. The same can be said for mobile stylus pens, which are now emerging despite being a 8- to 10-year-old technology.

Even if this idea doesn’t take off soon, the presentation proved that Gestures, Inc., has the ingenuity to create truly original experiences and bring them to life, which is becoming more and more difficult in the digital age we live.

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