(DE: On the upside: these devices let lots of people make and design fun, throw-away games with electrons rather than matter. A lot less discarded toys, games, gadgets, reading material in the landfills is a good thing. The waste-stream from digital cameras is a lot less than that from the chemical-intensive photo industry of olden times.)
Pictures Under Glass is an interaction paradigm of permanent numbness. It’s a Novocaine drip to the wrist. It denies our hands what they do best. And yet, it’s the star player in every Vision Of The Future.
To me, claiming that Pictures Under Glass is the future of interaction is like claiming that black-and-white is the future of photography. It’s obviously a transitional technology. And the sooner we transition, the better….
The most important thing to realize about the future is that it’s a choice. People choose which visions to pursue, people choose which research gets funded, people choose how they will spend their careers.