The Future of Human Computer Interaction
We have come a long way with the advances of computer hardware and software. Slowly, you can see a a trend that moves us away form the ordinary keyboard, mouse, and monitor interaction with the computer to a more natural way. Touch, voice, vision is the new trend in Human Computer Interaction (HCI).
Apple's iPhone triggered the phenomenon of touch computing. Even though the technology itself is nothing new, what Apple did was brilliant in designing and packaging n elegant hardware and software solution that can be used over the existing telephony infrastructure and very small learning curve for the user.
Microsoft has been also developing touch technology on a larger scale. It is called Microsoft Surface and it has quite a bit of potential in changing the way we interact with our surroundings.
With Microsoft Surface's platform; innovators, designers and developers can create elegant systems that can be used to better connect, collaborate and transmit data. It will enable designers and engineers to have the ability to design smart products. Products that have some limited intelligence, products that are connected to the network and have a sense of their surrounding.
Into The Future
Ever since I was a wondering young man and watching all of the cool Sci-Fi movies, I always wondered: How come we are so behind in technology? What is keeping us from having all the cool technologies we see in the movies?
Well, today we are getting closer to making that dream come true. With the advances in hardware and software architecture, we are now capable to provide a subset of the features seen in those movies into reality. Consider touch computing. Touch computing has been around for a long time, but the older systems where closed and very limited, likewise with speech and vision technologies.
Today we have a drastic improvement on all three. iPhone is a small living example of how far these technologies have come.
Now imagine we take it to the next level with the addition of billions of sensors in every single product that we design and manufacture. Each product being able to send and receive certain data pertaining to itself and its surrounding. At the same time having a vast interconnected world where each of these products can communicate with others in a given range.
We would no longer be interacting with our devices through mouse and keyboard. Our surrounding will change so drastically, that we would not even be aware anymore that we are interacting with integrated systems. It would simply be fabricated into our daily life. The question is, how are we going to manage and handle privacy and security of individuals?
What would your main concern be?