Smartphones are so much more than the average computer, and the magic lies in the sensors. Unlike traditional computers, smartphone can sense location, position and acceleration and so much more. This is a huge, technological leap forward that enables many applications that were not possible before.
For ages, I’ve wanted to create an Arduino project that will sit in my laundry room (shared in a small complex) and monitor whether the machines are being used or not, so we don’t have to keep checking. But now, a kickstarter project called Twine has beat me to by creating a cool new product to notify you based on sensor information that you can setup. It’s a versatile product that could have many creative uses.
With the inspiring Olympic displays of the power and grace of the human body all around us, it seems sad that we confine the human body that is capable of so much strength, agility and power, to interfaces that involve the user of just one finger. In designing interfaces, we need to look at the actual task at hand and design the best interface for it, not just the best touchscreen interface.