“I still think the whole industry is missing a trick,” said Mr Ahtisaari during a meet-the-press session in London yesterday. “All the touchscreen interfaces are very immersive. You have to put your head down. What Nokia is very good at is designing for mobile use: one-handed, in the pocket. Giving people the ability to have their head up again is critical to how we evolve user interfaces.”
Given humanity’s growing fixation with staring at glowing rectangles, any innovation that helps improve off-screen interaction really would be “social change”, as Mr Ahtisaari puts it.