Recurring failures are a surprising road to beautiful mistakes and future products. From a leading researcher in patterns of successful wrongdoing and explorer in new tech paths comes a look at the grand past of wrongs and a glimpse of future failures with great potential.
Nicholas is one of Europe’s foremost tech thinkers in the rules of the new digital reality. “Explorer” would be a more apt description as he explores human needs, motivations and contexts to map new opportunities for engineers and designers. He is a regular guest at top research facilities in Europe and USA with a keen eye for how developments can find a suitable product or service form. In his free time, he collects video game controllers and peculiar interfaces dug up in flea markets here and there.
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Nicolas Nova is a consultant and researcher at the Near Future Laboratory. He undertakes field studies to inform and evaluate the creation of innovative products and services. His work is about exploring and understanding people’s needs, motivations and contexts to map new design opportunities and help designers and engineers. Nicolas applies this in the domains of video games, mobile and location-based media as well as networked objects/robots.
He is also Professor at the Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD-Genève) where he teaches ethnography and user research in interaction design. He holds a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from the Swiss Institute of Technology (EPFL, Switzerland). He also teaches at ENSCI-Les Ateliers (Paris) and Ecole Gobelins (Annecy).
In his free time, he collects video game controllers and peculiar interfaces dug up in flea markets here and there (writing a book about it).
Nicolas’ blog is widely regarded as an major contribution to the synthesis and analysis of academic and commercial perspectives on ubiquitous and pervasive computing, digital social life and electronic gaming. He speaks and lectures widely on these topics at such institutions and conferences as SXSW, O’Reilly Etech, the Institute for the Future (Palo Alto), the Annenberg Center for Communication (Los Angeles), Ubicomp, NordicCHI to name just a few.
Nicolas Nova, co-founder of Lift Lab, discusses Bill Buxton's "The Long Nose of Innovation," which maintains that great innovations are the result of many failures. Nova uses the history of the videophone and the triumph of Skype to illustrate the path to innovation.