LAS VEGAS--When Bill Buxton talks about good product design, his favorite example is the Avalanche beacon he takes with him on his ice climbing expeditions.
"It's a technology that I bet my life on," Buxton said. "How many (of those) do we have?"
The product he said is fairly complex to do and yet the market for it is small. "Precisely because of that, there are no frills. You don't add features. There are no gratuitous features."
Buxton, a former Xerox PARC researcher who helped pioneer the technology behind multitouch interfaces, says … Read more