Zero UI is a coin termed by Designer Andy Goodman. By his definition, “Zero UI refers to a paradigm where our movements, voice, glances, and even thoughts can all cause systems to respond to us through our environment.” This concept changes how we communicate and behave with our tech and also how our tech augments with us.
The main goal for Zero UI is to eliminate, as much as possible, the need for a user to have to focus on screens to achieve tasks independent of these requirements, for example setting up a direct debit, arranging a calendar invite or ordering food. This can be achieved by having machines understand users in their own natural words, behaviours, gestures and even emotions.
User interfaces of the future are going to be integrated with the physical world. By pulling the experience away from screens, design is providing users with a more natural and human way of communicating with devices. Soon, we’ll all find it common to talk to our devices as if they are our own personal assistants.