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Avi (@xgmedia) is a longtime interactive and web design professional with over ten years of experience. Author of Design-It-Yourself: Web Sites (Rockport Publishers, 2003), Avi has published several articles about user experience. In addition, he is often invited to speak about these publications, as well as other emerging design and UX trends. Avi is currently working as an Independent UI/UX Consultant and is the owner of XG Media.
In computer science, the term “adaptive system” refers to a process in which an interactive system adapts its behavior to individual users based on information acquired about its user(s), the context of use and its environment.
Although adaptive systems have been long-discussed in academia and have been an aspiration for computer scientists and researchers, there has never been a better time than today to realize the potential of what future interaction with computer systems will be like.
The accelerometer embedded in our smart devices is typically used to align the screen depending on the orientation of the device, i.e. when switching between portrait and landscape modes. This capability provides great opportunities to create better user experiences because it offers an additional layout with a simple turn of a device, and without pressing any buttons.
However, designing for device orientation brings various challenges and requires careful thinking. The experience must be as unobtrusive and transparent as possible, and we must understand the context of use for this functionality.