Interaction Design is about building meaningful relationships between people through the products and services we use. New technologies are not important in themselves - they're important because they can improve how we achieve ancient human needs like community, self expression, and individual empowerment.
This NWU Study tracks dieters' daily calorie budgets to implement the Diabetes Prevention Program with less doctor time. The app also provides exercise monitoring, social networking, and immediate visual feedback about the cost of particular foods to helps align users' daily decisions with long-term goals.
LOC helps local shops by connecting customers to Communities of Style. These shopping communities form when users record and categorize their purchases and desires through LOC's mobile app, website, and public displays. Like Amazon's collaborative filtering, LOC aggregates user data to make recommendations - and by including explicit user input about what goes together, LOC can also suggest styles and aesthetics.
Scoop gives high schoolers a new medium to express themselves through the urban environment, at the same time promoting the exchange of information and the growth of communities of expertise.
LOC provides useful services like price alerts, item and shop reviews, and public critiques while helping novice shoppers learn the culture and attitudes of shopping. Advanced users like fashionistas and audiophiles can view trend data from the masses, cluster items to define a style, and find new friends based on where they go and what they buy.