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The Best User Interface Upgrades of 2016

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2016 saw designers from a variety of fields working to improve the ways people interact with technology online, IRL, and even in the International Criminal Court. Listed here are 10 of the year’s most noteworthy user interface upgrades―from the incremental yet astute, to the truly momentous.

01 Lyft Amp

For all of ride-sharing’s conveniences, finding your driver during pickup can still bea total headache. Lyft is solving for this with theAmp, a device that sits on a driver’s dashboard and acts as a two-way beacon. When a driver arrives, the Amp glowsone of seven colors. Match the color on your app to the driver’s Amp, and you’ve found your driver. Simple but effective.


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For all of ride-sharing’s conveniences, finding your driver during pickup can still bea total headache. Lyft is solving for this with theAmp, a device that sits on a driver’s dashboard and acts as a two-way beacon. When a driver arrives, the Amp glowsone of seven colors. Match the color on your app to the driver’s Amp, and you’ve found your driver. Simple but effective.

02 Apple Touch Bar

In OctoberApple unveiled its new MacBook Pro. Its killer feature? Killing the function keys. The company replaced the 14 keys that sit at the top of the keyboard with anOLED touch screen. The strip’s functions change, based on the task at hand (in Mail, for example, the Touch Bar presents buttons for composing, sending, and forwarding). It’s a glimpse at a future in which the interfaces on the rest of your devices look more like the oneon your phone.


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In OctoberApple unveiled its new MacBook Pro. Its killer feature? Killing the function keys. The company replaced the 14 keys that sit at the top of the keyboard with anOLED touch screen. The strip’s functions change, based on the task at hand (in Mail, for example, the Touch Bar presents buttons for composing, sending, and forwarding). It’s a glimpse at a future in which the interfaces on the rest of your devices look more like the oneon your phone.

03 Microsoft Surface Dial

Microsoft’sSurface Dial isn’t the first digital knob ever designed, but it is one of the most versatile. The device can go anywhereon the company’s Surface Studio computermonitor, where it can parse what’s onscreen and pull up contextuallyappropriate tools, depending on the current application. This modeof interaction won’t make sense for everyone, but Microsoft thinks it will for the creative class― agenus of user that the company is well-positioned to steal from Apple .


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Microsoft’sSurface Dial isn’t the first digital knob ever designed, but it is one of the most versatile. The device can go anywhereon the company’s Surface Studio computermonitor, where it can parse what’s onscreen and pull up contextuallyappropriate tools, depending on the current application. This modeof interaction won’t make sense for everyone, but Microsoft thinks it will for the creative class― agenus of user that the company is well-positioned to steal from Apple .

04 InstruMMent

The tape measure is handy but antiquated. That’s exactly why design studio Pearl gave the centuries-old tool a modern update. Thepen-like device has a wheel on one end and rolls across an object’s surface, gathering measurement data and sending it to an app. The result is the same―you get an accurate reading of length, width, and height―but the rolling lets you measure anything with curves more easily and accurately.


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The tape measure is handy but antiquated. That’s exactly why design studio Pearl gave the centuries-old tool a modern update. Thepen-like device has a wheel on one end and rolls across an object’s surface, gathering measurement data and sending it to an app. The result is the same―you get an accurate reading of length, width, and height―but the rolling lets you measure anything with curves more easily and accurately.

05 Situ Studio's ICC Platform

In August, prosecutors at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, Netherlands, used a new evidence-presentation tool to convict Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi of destroyingsites of cultural and historical importance inTimbuktu. Designers at Situ Studio builtthe tool around a straightforward user interface that allowed prosecutorsto overlay visual evidence (like photos and videos)atop the geographic locations ofAl Mahdi’s crimes. Where before, prosecutors were forced to present evidence piecemeal, Situ’s new platform let them collect the evidence into a compelling narrative whole. “The beauty of such a platform is that it speaks for itself,” said Gilles Dutertre, senior trial lawyer for the Al Mahdi case.


The Best User Interface Upgrades of 2016

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In August, prosecutors at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, Netherlands, used a new evidence-presentation tool to convict Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi of destroyingsites of cultural and historical importance inTimbuktu. Designers at Situ Studio builtthe tool around a straightforward user interface that allowed prosecutorsto overlay visual evidence (like photos and videos)atop the geographic locations ofAl Mahdi’s crimes. Where before, prosecutors were forced to present evidence piecemeal, Situ’s new platform let them collect the evidence into a compelling narrative whole. “The beauty of such a platform is that it speaks for itself,” said Gilles Dutertre, senior trial lawyer for the Al Mahdi case.

06 Facebook Reactions

Facebook’s “Like” button has always felt a little bit off; human emotions are just too complex for a single symbolto convey. The company introduced a solution to this problem earlier this year, in the form ofReactions. By long-pressing or hovering over the Like button, users can now choose from five different emotions that more accurately reflect the sentimentthey wish to express. It was an acknowledgement that simplicity―long held as the ideal on digitalplatforms―sometimes isn’t the best solution.


The Best User Interface Upgrades of 2016

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Facebook’s “Like” button has always felt a little bit off; human emotions are just too complex for a single symbolto convey. The company introduced a solution to this problem earlier this year, in the form ofReactions. By long-pressing or hovering over the Like button, users can now choose from five different emotions that more accurately reflect the sentimentthey wish to express. It was an acknowledgement that sim

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