As I was looking around to see if anyone had developed a clever DIY solution to an unrecognized problem, I started to think about the term 'lifehacking' and its growing online presence. There are thousands of sub-reddits and blogs dedicated to fixing issues that designers have yet to address. In a way, lifehacking is a massive set of micro-interactions that are allowing designers to discover problems and provide solutions.
I think this is indicative that people are forming communities that focus around solving particular issues. People have always used what is available to fix something, but the fact that this act brings people together in hopes of achieving a common goal is worth taking a closer look at.
FOR SALE @CMU
An interesting digital hack are Facebook groups like For Sale @CMU. Rather than using Craiglist to buy or sale, Carnegie students tapped into their existing social network and created a Facebook page designated for commerce. This was happening at campuses around the world and Facebook eventually added the option for groups to be purchase oriented.
The whole point of Google Glass and wearables are to automate digital interactions and make the thoughts in your brain become actions as seamlessly as possible. Basically, the less physical activity required for the most tangible result. As tapping and swiping on a screen become too much of a hassle, tech companies will try to bridge the gap between your brain and your technology, hopefully creating operating systems that are either biologically embedded or like bluetooth for your brain. In the future will all of our fingerprints be hooked up to different bank accounts and bus passes? Will we just swallow iOS pills and have operating systems that are entirely in our minds?