Your body does not want to be an interface
Have you heard that Google Glass will let you snap photos by winking? John Pavlus of the MIT Technology Review writes why thatâ€™s still going to feel weird.
“The assumption driving these kinds of design speculations is that if you embed the interfaceâ€“the control surface for a technologyâ€“into our own bodily envelope, that interface will â€œdisappearâ€: the technology will cease to be a separate â€œthingâ€ and simply become part of that envelope. The trouble is that unlike technology, your body isnâ€™t something you â€œinterfaceâ€ with in the first place. Youâ€™re not a little homunculus â€œinâ€ your body, â€œdrivingâ€ it around, looking out Terminator-style â€œthroughâ€ your eyes. Your body isnâ€™t a tool for delivering your experience: it is your experience. Merging the body with a technological control surface doesnâ€™t magically transform the act of manipulating that surface into bodily experience.”