This clash of theories illustrates a larger debate about the nature of innovation in the 21st century, and the even larger question of who, exactly, decides what any given object is really for.
Kinect was actually designed only for playing, or Microsoft already know about its broader potential? Innovation doesn’t have a linear path and it does just happen.
Design makes it clear how helpful it is when it simply improves an electricity bill graphics, for instance, and makes communication faster and easier. Stop designing chairs, please.
An educated customer base is required for the energy industry to be run sustainably.
Designers can support behavioral shifts and make social innovation possible, paying attention to what people need.