Microsoft software design specialist Bill Buxton wants developers to focus on innovations that can improve humans' quality of life.
"I think he's been probably one of the most influential people in the field of human-computer interaction, period," says Stanford University professor Scott Klemmer. Buxton's research on graspable interfaces inspired Klemmer's graduate work, and now his students are drawing on Buxton's research demonstrating that users will give more critical feedback when they are shown more than one design. Klemmer and his students are using that research to build better software tools based on the psychological and social understanding of design.
Some of Buxton's most recent Microsoft projects are the newest generation of Windows smartphone software, Kinect technology, and Microsoft Surface. "Microsoft, along with any other company that wants to survive in this world, has to start saying the technology of the human--the technology of culture, if you want to use that bizarre terminology--is as important as the technology of silicon," Buxton says.
From Technology Review
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