Latitude in conjunction with ReadWriteWeb has released research on what children want from their technology. It’s a fascinating look at the future from a child’s perspective. You can download the entire summary here.
Here are the highlights:
• 39% of children’s innovations called for more immersive content experiences (3D features and integrating physical/virtual spaces). “For children today, true synchrony between physical and digital worlds is no longer a novelty but an expectation.” I wrote about this phenomenon (which I called “Motion Blur”) here.
• 83% want their technology to offer human-level responsiveness. In other words, there is a desire to see technology that knows and responds to the needs of the user.
• 37% of the responses did not include traditional methods of interaction (no mouse – no keyboard). “Half of all participants visually represented themselves interacting with their invented technologies, supporting the ‘iGeneration’ understanding of device as merely an extension of self.”
• The world is shrinking for children today and there is an expectation that technology will allow interaction with users in “far-distant locales.”
• 31% of the ideas were related to the idea of content creation. This drive to create has been the subject of numerous blogs, but my favorite was written by David Wakerley.