Bye-bye, mouse. Hello, mind control
New interface methods will revolutionise how we interact with computers
By Maria Korolov | Network World US | Published: 17:58, 28 November 2012
When workplace computers moved beyond command-line interfaces to the mouse-and-windows-based graphical user interface, that was a major advance in usability. And the command line itself was a big improvement over the punch cards and tape that came before. We're now entering a new era of user interface design, with companies experimenting with everything from touch and voice to gestures and even direct mind control.
Moving objects with the mind
The Intific and Emotiv headsets can be used to play video games with your mind. NeuroSky makes the technology behind the Star Wars Force Trainer and Mattel's MindFlex Duel game, both of which allow players to levitate balls with the power of their minds. That doesn't mean office workers can sit back, think about the sentences they want to write, and have them magically appear on the screen. "If you're an able-bodied individual, typing words on a keyboard is just so much quicker and more reliable than doing it with the brain control interfaces," says MIT Media Lab's Holtzman.