David Barnard on Direct Manipulation Interfaces
David Barnard on direct manipulation interfaces:
I think the best way to illustrate what I’m trying to say is to tell the story of my 2 year old son, Luke, trying out AirPlay mirroring for the first time.
After a few minutes he exited the app and looked up to see the icons of all his favorite apps on the TV. He immediately set down the iPad, walked up to the TV, and tried launching an app by touching the TV screen. My wife and I instinctually told him not to touch the TV, but he looked back at us quite puzzled. The thing is, Luke has never used a mouse-like pointing device. Other than using the TV remote to turn the TV on and off, or turning a light switch on and off, he’s never used one object to remotely manipulate another.
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