When less is more
The Droid's Car Mode feature is a more interesting idea. Car Mode is a simplified interface (7) with enlarged icons that's designed to help motorists keep their eyes on the road while driving their cars. In general, we love touch-screen devices because they are so engrossing -- they engage all of the user's visual and physical focus. But that same quality creates real problems when the user is supposed to be doing something else, like driving. It's simply impossible to touch dial or navigate menus without looking at the screen, but that's not good when you're operating a vehicle. Car Mode provides an interface that is simpler to use, and it also makes easier to get your fingers in the right place quickly and efficiently.
Car Mode is definitely easier to use, but it also points to a larger problem that we'll hear plenty more about in the years ahead -- the dangers of using touch interfaces in dynamic, multitasked environments.
Text: Gregor Berkowitz/MOTO Development
February 2, 2010 11:15 AM PST
Photo by: James Martin/CNET
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