Overview

Simplexity
May 18th-29th, 2009

Workshop Partners from Nokia Design (Copenhagen): Michael Mckay, Christian Kraft & Thomas.H.Pedersen,

Keywords

Simplicity and Complexity, Elegant Interactions, People-to-People, More than a Device, Social, Emotional and Personal yet Practical.

General Introduction
Nokia is the world leader in mobility, driving the transformation and growth of the converging Internet and communications industries. Nokia makes a wide range of mobile devices with services and software that enable people to experience music, navigation, video, television, imaging, games, business mobility and more. Developing and growing the offering of consumer Internet services, as well as our enterprise solutions and software, is a key area of focus.

Nokia is concerned about how it will find a balance in the paradox between features and complexity. They want to explore ways to keep features but reduce complexity at the same time. The current benchmark is the Internet experience with big screens and full keyboard.

The pragmatic question is: how can we design fully immersive experiences with reduced screen size and keys?

At the same time new opportunities are emerging from the ready availability of sensors and sensing intelligence. Mobile devices are already packed with sensors like GPS, accelerometers, touch and pressure sensing etc. The challenge is not in adding more sensing but making sense of the sensors i.e how can we creatively use such sensors for a richer experience. For example Nokia is already in the process of rolling out RFID sensing in mainstream devices with touch and gestural interactions.