Product Design and Science Fiction

I gave a talk earlier this year at Webstock, New Zealand’s premiere web conference, and now you can see a vid of it online. I talked about how science fiction influences tech product design, but also how developers and scientists can look to science fiction for clues about what people want out of their technologies. And let’s face it – it was an excuse for me to talk about Battlestar Galactica, Tron, and Dollhouse. See the video here.

In related news, today I published a post on io9.com that makes a nice companion piece for this presentation. It’s about two new augmented reality technologies which are just on the cusp of emerging from the science fiction world and into the consumer marketplace.

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