Well, speculative design can be productive for clients seeking to innovate out of their in-the-box models of thinking. Engaging in a thought experiment (as I wrote in the piece) can be useful for creative problem-solving, even though the end result will be wildly different. It's not meant to be a literal proposal, as…
Impractical and absurd, yes—which I acknowledged in the piece, and the designers do too! Speculation is a thought experiment, meant to challenge us with impracticalities in ways that can productively interrupt received, same-old same-old ideas.
I tend to think that language counts, too. And I hadn't considered the dynamics of exchange that happen at most docks, so thanks for this response. It's interesting to think about whether/what stakes are involved in conflating these meanings; I'll think on this.
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True, the folding canes are clever! I think these companies were going for the remarkable stability you get from a streamlined, single structure. Benefits to both.
Their choice of words is interesting, it's true. Leaving aside whether the terminology is desirable in the first place, why shouldn't an ordinary piece of technology (which is useful not only to the elderly, but to many people post-injury, temporarily disabled, etc) share the same vernacular with other kinds of…
But design attention isn't just about style. I'd still argue that designs like these are reassessing what's important in the physical qualities of a cane and creatively deploying materials from outside medical tech to achieve those qualities.
Platform isn't my choice here inside Gizmodo, unfortunately. I've asked for changes through the proper channels, and I'll keep asking. But again, there will be descriptions for screen readers for every image.
I'm glad! I have a number of posts about digital access especially geared around visual impairments that I'm excited to share.
Me too, Marc. I love what you're doing and can't believe I haven't known about you for much longer. Glad to rectify that.
See the link in the image descriptions at the bottom of the post. It's Cohen van Balen's "Phantom Recorder": http://www.cohenvanbalen.com/work/phantom-r…
It'll be the same mix—so, enhancement tech too. Everything included under the prosthetic that might not at first be read as "assistive." Plus animal extensions, more in architecture, much else. Looking forward to it.