This post is for a Web Technologies and UX and class.
The task for the week was to publish a post on two emerging technologies which caught our interest.
The first one that caught my eye was Artificial Photosynthesis.
A very important function in how the world operates, I was intrigued to investigate the technology behind this.
For a technological newbie like myself, I only had 3 questions (ever) to ask
Why, how and When?
If scientists split water into hydrogen and oxygen – the leftover hydrogen can be used as a fuel.
The Hydrogen produced via AP is readily usable in electric cars, electric houses and probably electric everything.
They “the scientists” make artificial leaves, which act as the intermediary, to take in sunlight and water and complete the splitting process.
You put the AL in water, add sunlight and it gives out oxygen and hydrogen.
This hydrogen is then stored to be used as a fuel source.
The When?The main challenge presented by AP is that photosynthesis in nature is inefficient. Plants convert only about 1 percent of carbon and water into carbohydrates. That efficiency has increased to about 10 percent in the lab, however, and researchers at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, have hit a level of 22 percent efficiency.
The main challenge presented by AP is that photosynthesis in nature is inefficient. Plants convert only about 1 percent of carbon and water into carbohydrates. That efficiency has increased to about 10 percent in the lab, however, and researchers at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, have hit a level of 22 percent efficiency.
In the Youtube video above, the scientist claims it will be seen on a large scale in less than 5 years time.
Emerging Technology #2
The Botnets of Things.
I am not sure what to say about this.
This was a rabbit hole I went down in my research late at night – and I am kind of happy I don’t know the full extent of what I read.
With the advance of the internet and technological age, a multitude of devices and gadgets in the household are becoming more connected than ever.
Lots of data.
Cue – the botnets.
Hackers have the ability to hack computers (with weak software) and direct their computer power towards an ill-aim.
So early in my Digital Marketing experience, I was taken down the dark side of the internet (Dark web?).
These hackers have the ability to carry out extortion, click fraud and other worrisome botnet things.
In a future post I will go into details on regulating the internet, technology companies verus governments and the future of data and NLP for individual advertising.
My interest is peaked.
The best way for my own understanding of the internet and its future ability is to understand the dark side.
Wait, what was the emerging technology?
That will have to be taken further at a later stage when I carry out more research on cybersecurity.
In this post, for a Technology and User Experience class – I will outline 4 examples of products, and their positive and negative UX implications on my life.
A wonderful design.
They help me see things clearly, without noticing.
Sometimes – I forget I am “using” them.
I have only noticed how important they are when I am not “using’ them.
Glasses are an essential part of my daily life.
I can’t see how I could live without them.
2. A door.
The door has played a pivotal role in my life.
If I want to go somewhere, I open it.
If I want privacy, I close it.
It can get stuck. It can open with ease.
I can’t remember how many door’s there will continue to be in my life – but I expect every model to do the exact same function
– helping me get where I need to go.
Nobody ever talks about their favourite door experiences.
(On reread – I just gave an inadvertent life lesson)
3. The Aldi Checkout
From my experience in Aldi, they have a streamlined checkout process.
Quick handed people on the till and products flying out the other side.
Specialist training is required to bag the items at the same speed of the cashier.
The counter for ‘bought products’ is small.
Personally – this err’s on the side of an uncomfortable product experience (with Aldi being the product)
The problem seems relative to size.
If you were shopping at Aldi, for just yourself, it is barely manageable at haste
if you were shopping to feed a family – you may want to bring said family to pack.
There are counters on the opposite side – but this adds extra time to the customer effort.
Checkout – designed for the user (in theory) but not really.
Bad User Experience.
4. A pint
What is the measurement of a pint?
Hold on – surely I am not going to argue over a pre-defined measurement.
But – I am.
From a read of Wikipedia – there are two measurements on offer.
A United States pint = 473ml
An Imperial/UK/Irish pint = 568ml
(Allegedly – Australia incorporates a suspicious liquid to froth ratio for the common liquid pint, that is neither of either measurements, but a little of both.)
Surely – the international relations/tourism/beer drinking community is outraged at the continued confusion at how much a customer should receive in a pint.
To prevent consumer confusion and standardise the user experience – the design of the “pint” system should be converted to “I’ll ‘ave a half litre glass, please”.
Less confusion, problem solved, metric system – yeah.
(Bad UX, but allowable).
A post thought on this post is that I may have missed the point of this being a Technology and User Experience task. However – I don’t think there is a need to reformat. The four examples I have given encompass four basic human needs
- Seeing clearly
- Moving from place to place
Abstract conclusion :
I like not having to think about what I am using.
I do not like having to think while using something. (Big difference)
Products/Systems/Tech/UX should meet this.
I do not want to even know the product exists.
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