IMO such concepts (even though PS Vita exists) are better use of a designer's time than a redesign of IMDb or redesign of Amazon. Kudos to the author :)
Does the author know about the PS Vita? It has a rear touchpad that’s used for many games.
Exactly, and while it works great with games I wouldn't want it as the primary (or secondary) method for interacting with my phone on a regular basis.
Someone mentions that in the comments, but he also mentions that the Vita has buttons and sticks which are even better for games.
Oh, yep. Just to be clear, I think the article is good and this stuff is definitely worth thinking about. It just seemed strange that the Vita wasn’t mentioned. I guess the author wasn’t aware of it?
Indeed, I was not aware of it. I'm glad to see manufacturers are actually thinking in this direction. Too many apps/games are being ruined by big fat thumbs IMHO. Case in point, just the other day I played Kiwanuka (iOS) and was annoyed to no end by the experience. Good game, don't get me wrong, but the experience could have been 2x better with back-pointing.
Yeah, sticking our big, fat meat sticks between our eyes and the display is far from ideal. I hope whatever input method is next combines the accuracy of the mouse with the direct manipulation of multitouch.
I don't think it gonna work.
The back of the phone shall be a sacred place, a place were no interactions shall happen. Why? because of the several interruptions and movements you must do without provoking actions must be hard.
I love this kind of exploration and will always encourage it. Seriously, well played.
The ways of scrolling are lovely and novel, though I'm not clear if it'll be easier to use than current methods. Has anyone tried it on their phone?
Amazing. I love it.
I love the scrolling example!
Though if you were to scroll rapidly, you might get some funny looks from people thinking that you were tickling your phone. ;)