Designers can be mediators who can provide users ways to “domesticate” emerging technologies. To make their use as familiar as possible for users is a conventional way to tackle emerging technology adoption. However, this convergent approach also limits the full exploitation of a technology’s potential. A research project I worked on offers a striking example of how a divergent role for design can explore the untapped potential of a technology: the eye-trackers.

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Mediums of information technologies can be Google glasses, smartphones, tablets or computers.

In our world run by information, data and screens, eyes have become highly active organs because of their sensory function in human-machine interactions. This trend has driven later on the development of eye-tracking technologies to obtain more clues about human behaviors and it established the status quo for eye-trackers as measuring tools. …


Stéphane LAB

Design researcher working in future-thinking, digital environments, tech & social innovation.

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