HorizonWatching 2012 Trend Report: Human & Computer Interaction

I’ve posted a trend report on Human & Computer Interaction to Slideshare and embedded that deck at the bottom of this post.

40-50 years ago the way you interacted with most computers was by throwing a stack of cards into a hopper and then you waited for a printout. Flash forward to today and most of us today are sitting in front of laptops that only have a keyboard and mouse to allow us to fully interact with our computers. Sure we have microphones, speakers, and webcams, but we are not fully exploiting those technologies. We have been content for the most part with our keyboard and mouse for about 20 years.

We are now entering a new era where the way we communicate with computers will be different and more natural. Smartphones, and their touch technology, started this trend a couple of years ago.

Apple’s iPad Multi-touch capability has already changed the way we expect to interact with computers in the future. Multi-touch represents a brand new way of interacting with information that is displayed on screens. You can expect that developers will need to incorporate touch and multi-touch as way for users to interact with enterprise applications in the future.

Apple Siri uses your voice as input. It allows you to ask simple questions on your Iphone and then the Siri technology attempts to answer those questions back to you verbally. Just imagine how the intersection of this technology and IBM Watson might play out.

Microsoft’s Kinect technology recognizes gestures and hand movements of users. Today it is being applied to gaming technology.

Tomorrow I expect us to use gestures and hand movements to control our laptops the way we use the mouse today.
Just like multi-touch, you can expect that developers will need to incorporate gesture and speech into future enterprise applications

The slides (embedded below) provide an overview and introduction to the Human & Computer Interaction technology trend.  Summary information is provided along with many links to additional resources.   The slides are meant to be read/studied and the links are there for you to continue your learning.  You may want to view the slides in slideshow mode so you can easily follow the links.

For other HorizonWatching 2012 Trend reports, check out my posts the last few days. 

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