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Upcoming Trends in Digital

Upstream posted a Trend Guide in preparation for this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

Here are the “macro-trends” they listed in their blog post:

QUANTIFIED SELF & M-HEALTH

Personal biometrics and digital enabled behavior analysis will increasingly let consumers discreetly track and manage their lives more effectively.

GESTURAL INTERFACES & AUGMENTED REALITY

New natural interfaces based on movement will allow more intuitive control of tech, increasing access to information and digital content.

SoLOMo CONTENT DATA EXCHANGE

Mobile “geo-awareness” technology, will create dramatic paradigm shifts to how we shop, socialize and how we are marketed to.

TELEVISION SOCIALIZED

Integration of Social Media and The Cult of Influence into the TV experience will transform it from a media consumption device to a content curating experience.

D.I.Y. AND DIGITAL OBJECTIFICATION

The “appification of everything”, open source tech and accessible manufacturing merge the tangible product and digital, online worlds.

I think this is a pretty good roundup of things we saw in 2011. Check out the PDF in the article to see some examples. 

For 2012, I’m hoping we continue down the path of evolving things like “Gestural Interfaces & Augmented Reality”. Content is expanding into different devices, so those opportunities for improvement present themselves as huge UX challenges just waiting to be solved. Plus, if we want to use technology to help people, we need to think more about accessibility and what that means to everyone. Interaction design can go way beyond the flat screen. I wonder what will make up next year’s trend report?

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