“We envision a device as small and portable as possible which could both take in and give out information in quantities approaching that of human sensory systems (Figure 26.2). Visual output should be, at the least, of higher quality than what can be obtained from newsprint. Audio output should adhere to similar high-fidelity standards. There should be no discernible pause between cause and effect. One of the metaphors we used when designing such a system was that of a musical instrument, such as a flute, which is owned by its user and responds instantly and consistently to its owner’s wishes. Imagine the absurdity of a one-second delay between blowing a note and hearing it!”
I thought that this passage deserved recognition, it illuminates how the correct device stimulus can captivate our biological senses. Kay and Goldberg strove for a device that could sustain and fuel human interactions. The device must be able hold and engage, the sporadic and vibrant human mind. Everyday people consciously and unconsciously assess the environment around them, our eyes are the most dominantly used sensory receptor. The eye streams real-time images, transforms the data and the brain interprets the information. Kay and Goldberg understood that strengthening the device image(higher quality) to human eye compatibility would help merge the relationship. In 2001, I watched cartoons on a box shaped Zenith tv and I was completely content. A couple years later, broadcast companies started implementing HD(High-Definition) into tv stations. The visual difference was like night and day, the point I trying to make is that a device creating high quality images is far more imploring than bland paper etched in black print. The ears are the second most used sensory organ and interprets auditory information, it makes sense to engage them as well. Effectively manipulating and calibrating a device for human reception is key in gaining prescribed effect and success of the technology.