Chapter 5

Contextual Environments


Context, elicit, affordance, symbiotic, actor, system

All science is experiential; but all experience must be related back to and derives its validity from the conditions and context of consciousness in which it arises, i.e., the totality of our nature.

—Wilhelm Dilthey


In Chapter 2 we provided a definition of the NUI. NUIs are not thoughtless applications of new modalities of input that either mimic actions in the real world or mimic existing interface paradigms. Instead, NUIs reframe design and research in terms of the following questions:

1. How can I create an interface in which users quickly become expert while using actions that feel natural to them and build on and extrapolate from ...

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