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.
It may sound like science fiction, but mind reading devices are already out in the market - and they don't require sensors or plugs implanted into your skull. Some work by sensing nerve signals sent to arms and legs, and are useful for helping restore mobility to the handicapped. Others read brain waves, such as the Intific, Emotiv and NeuroSky headsets.