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 12
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.
One company tracking hand motion is Infinite Z, which requires that users wear 3D glasses and use a stylus to touch objects which appear to float in the air in front of them. "A virtual environment makes a lot of sense for computer-aided design, data visualisation, pharmaceuticals, medicine, and oil and gas simulations," says David Chavez, the company's CTO. The products work with Unity 3D and other virtual environment engines, as well as the company's own Z-Space platform.