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.
Interface designers looking to translate spoken - or written - words into practical goals have a solid advantage over those designing interfaces for gestures or other non-traditional input methods. That's because designers are already familiar with the use of spoken language. "We're at the beginning of the gesture phase," says MIT’s Holtzman. "And not just the gestures, but everything we can do with some kind of camera pointing at us, such as moving our eyebrows and moving our mouths. For example, the screen saver on the laptop - why doesn't it use the camera on the lid to figure out whether to screen save? If your eyes are open and you're facing the display it should stay lit up."