And how will the power-user feel after 8-10 hours of holding their arms up in the air making large gestures? Or the disabled person?
I can't imagine it would be much worse than the current power user getting carpel tunnel. And it should be considered that the future is likely a combination of gesture & voice...
I doubt you can type with this interface, which is what most people do on computers. Gestures are for navigation, games and certain other operations at this point. So 8-10 hours seems like a bit of an exaggeration. Maybe CAD operators and illustrators might eventually adopt such an interface, but so far they're doing just fine with their Wacom tablets.
If a disabled person has trouble moving the arms and fingers, I would hope that they wouldn't buy such a tool. I don't think that reflects poorly on the product itself.
I feel like i should be more excited about this tech. but I think its because we've seen it in so many movies, it doesnt really have that 'new' feeling anymore. like it lost its cool factor.
although i can imagine a variety of applications, it feels like an old tech.
cool Civilian applications:
- Video Games :D - include some feed back devices, and a VR helm. total immersion gamming :)
- this system + VR helm + feed back + bipedal droid ;) , you could have some 'real steel' robot battles.
- Same as above but use it in search and rescue / fire.
Military / Police
- send droid into high risk environment, 'piloted' by a soldier/police officer in a safe location.
in summary -- it could be used exaclty like the movie 'Surrogates' ... except, you'd have to move around; more akin to 'Gamer'
Like the Wii, it will be fun and amazing at first but then all that will be around for it is smartphone like games, gimmicky apps, and maybe some actual good apps for people who do CAD/3D design, but thats hardly a massive market.
"In the history of computer user interfaces, there have been only two major sea changes: in the mid-1980s, when Apple replaced the old command line interface with the mouse-based graphical user interface,"
Nope. Xerox did the GUI several years before Apple. Not sure if anyone else did it before Apple.
"and, more recently, when Apple introduced the world to multitouch mobile devices."
and again, not Apple. Multitouch was done quite a long time before Apple. Heck, Apple didn't even create what they used. They bought another company for the technology ( Fingerworks. )
Anyways, I think the end of the article summed up my feelings on this. It has some potential use cases, but it will not replace the entire system. It's a peripheral, an add-on. Mouse and keyboard will remain the main method.
The only thing I can see finally replacing M&K is mind control, and unfortunately that still has a long ways to go.
They do lay all the credit on Apple, but I think their point was bringing it mainstream. In the quote about multitouch, they use the term "introduced the world to mmd's." I think that is the point. There are other gesture techs out there right now. But this could be the one that really brings it in a complete package to many users.
NO IT WONT.
Its another load of bullcrap.
Just like the "3d desktops are the future" - never happened.
IT would have niche uses but the current GUI - keyboard- mouse combo will stay for a long time.
Even scifi movies style holographics mothin and voice interfaces are inefficient and uncomfortable.
There is a reason why the current system has dominated the market - its efficient and good.
Touch screens were the 2nd innovation - for mobile devices (to minimize the extra devices needed to use them) - but they still use same basics - icon/click and drag based interface and keyboards.
Even voice has no future - privacy, humility, akwardness and other people disturbance becomes a major issue with those.
Gestures are physically exhausting and require often well placed gestures with good spatial vision.
Small minds said..."who would ever need a personal computer?"
Small minds said..."why bother with a mouse when command-line is so much faster?"
Small minds said..."why bother touching the screen when all you will do is smudge it up?"
Now the same "small minds" are saying ..."waving you hands around? Ridiculous!"
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Form and function are the main things here. The form is good but the function has to prove that it is faster at tasking than using the traditional keyboard/mouse. This will have a lot to do with the actual interface that you are trying to navigate. I think the articles title is a little misleading. This doesn't change the interface (UI) that your are trying to manipulate on your screen... this changes the interface between the user and the computer. Multiple interfaces going on. In reality for something to be adopted as a standard interface between a human and a computer, it will have to take on the job of navigating the information in front of you "faster". I don't nec. see that happening here. In fact, you need 2 hands to do most of the navigating here. This will be ANOTHER interface -"in addition to"- what is out there.
If the UI doesn't save me time doing things, its worthless. The incredible amount of movement needed is a little ridiculous, though cool. Brain interfacing will be the BIG changer in this arena. Everything else, and I mean everything, is just another way to slide, zoom, point and click. This also goes for the retinal tracker that gives you the ability to scroll with your eyes and click too.
Once brain interfacing allows for real multi-tasking then we have a game changer. Then things get done much faster. Right now our concept of multi-tasking on a computer is having multiple tasks open at the same time. However, your focus is still set to one task as your mouse must have a focus on a particular open window... in whatever OS you're using. However, once brain mapping reaches a little more detail, you can not only have multiple tasks open, but your brain can work on them simultaneously. Having to focus not to a single task but literally performing as many as your brain can handle at one time. Now, that's fast and nothing will be faster for a human.
The very nature of using hands, eyes, voice recognition is limiting as only provides for a single set of input (regardless of which one you are using) at one time. This Leap tech is just another way to do single input in a more interactive way. Its not the "faster" way that only brain interfacing promises to give. With brain interfacing I can write code in 3 different windows simultaneously. I cannot do that in any other technology. The evolution of the brains ability to visualize will grow as well with brain interfacing. Cool interactive toy they made but wake me up when we get brain interfacing please.
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They could combine their accessory with an oculus rift and make VR gaming alot more amazing.
I do hope they make the hologram system as well.
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How is a deaf person speaking ASL going to be able to use a computer if this is the only interface it has?
We've had this technology for years now . . . it's called the Microsoft Kinect. This is just a desktop version of it.
I believe though that it has potential for certain applications handling of 3-D objects in space. BTW, you don't have to hold your arms up all the time, most people sitting at a desk are resting their elbows on top of their desks. That's actually a pretty natural way to use this device . . .
Just remember, that's what people used to say about a tablet device: "TO FUTURISTIC!" . . . and look where tablets are now.
This does increase the potential for multitasking since you could use the right hand for one window and the left for another. However, that would require some serious skill, both physically and mentally.
The tech is pretty awesome but I think instead of using a traditional monitor. They should wait until holographic displays have been developed to the point where they are more easily produced. Slide one of them bad boys into the center of the tracking area so it's more like you are manipulating an object rather than using a touch screen. I think I remember an article on here recently about a breakthrough on such a display...
It's about time. Now, just add a feature that really allows us to talk to the computer in a natural way, and it does as it's told. I think we have to get rid of Windows before that can happen. Don't think Gates will let anyone get a nickel out of his Windows bs.
This is cool and exciting stuff but without being the killjoy, it is about technology for the love of technology and in practical terms may not be as popular in the long term.
The classic example is of course the keyboard itself. The standard keyboard retains the same layout as the almost defunct typewriter. The layout was designed to slow people down, preventing type hitting each other and getting entangled)
Better layouts with much faster speeds possible have appeared but never managed to catch on. Even people who never learned to type are generally averse to working with a different layout. Yet the touch-screen layout on most phone-type units are straight alphabetic.
Technology you can talk to has been around since the 60s (truly) but no one really bought in to it. Nothing wrong with the technology, its impressive stuff. So what are the issues?
Speech requires a response and not just any response. It wants engagement. Issue an order to someone and they respond which is mildly satisfying because orders are, after all, mildly confrontational. Issue an order and someone responds with: 'Yes of course, I meant to do that' and the level of satisfaction increases. Consider also the difference between a conversation with someone that actively engages you against someone who is grudgingly passing the time of day. Our level of satisfaction only just starts with a single level response which is why 'Lights on', 'Lights off', 'up volume' etc which all work perfectly well, will always feel to require more effort than throwing a switch or tuning a dial. Mechanical effort requires less mental effort than speech and speech is only rewarded when the response is greater than your own effort.
Mechanical effort on the other hand (no pun intended) is rewarded differently. Satisfaction comes from the speed of response: Throw the switch, change the volume, icons responding on the first click. As long as it works then that's as happy as you get. Also we don't actually have to engage to mind to achieve it. Speech requires a ton of effort by comparison because it pre-loads the mind in anticipation of what the 'human' response might be. Its also why we think at 5-600 wpm yet talk at 150.
Not engaging the mind, the conscious part at least? If you play an instrument you will know that once a piece of music is learned then to play well, you have to stop thinking about it, disengage, move to a higher level and shape the music. A different part of the mind is playing, you are sculpting the sound. Compare that to how a voice-activated piano might sound.
And would voice-activated machines cope with a busy office environment? How would you cope with people whispering sweet nothings in to their machines all around you? All that evolution has left us very responsive to sound and peripheral movement. So unless you are locked up in your den, it going to take some getting used to.
The technology is unquestionably brilliant but I do feel strongly that it ignores what we are, what makes us comfortable and what we might be trying to do.
They would put forth the perception that this image of a human is whom would be capable of such a feet.
But in fact its not about the idea, its about marketing.
How do u get billions of people to change the way they use a computer.
Your hand are capable of amazing feats, whereas a computer is rather simple.
You want to truly kill a computer interface you need to lose the keyboard (all together!)!
Read the book "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline for some idea of where this technology along with tactile feedback could one day lead us in the computer world. Let's hope we can avoid the total economic collapse though...
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Stupid....folks in the office already have quit and no longer even ask for "touch screens" for use....who is going to sit there with their arms outstretched for hours at a time.....when you can move a mouse a few inches or touchpad an inch without ever raising a finger.
Simply silliness. Maybe for a game once in a while....mostly fan boy stuff.
Nothing useable for 99% of people that turn all computers off after 5 pm anyway and go have lives.
I would like to see a microsoft touchscreen that you can have on the right side that will have menus on it! Software menus that will change acording to the different softwares.On the left hand.
Well I just got mine after waiting about 9 months. And it's pretty much garbage. Like you can't even close windows, click on links, and the accuracy is piss poor. Plus, you can't calibrate on the screen. You literally cannot click accurately and the advice with the documentation comes with "helpful hints" like "hold your elbow on the table to stabilize." and "do this motion slowly".
80 bucks down the tubes, unless I can get a return. Have called numerous times (no one ever answers--even during office hourse) and left voice messages but no call backs at this point. Horrible customer service and product, buyer beware...
I think the point of this isn't to be perfect but rather the pathway to Tony Stark hologram projectors with infinite imagination and creativity floating on a table and other stuff like that. That would be basically the perfect computer interface, do what you want when you want really.
This is the Model-T of hologram projection technology that actually could work, at least somebody is making progress. M&K is nice and it works yea but it also has many problems; for example, rather than everything displayed before you, you need to scroll places and press buttons and hit tabs, it's all very complex and takes too much time to be a viable future technology.
As I sit here, I have to go into file then save if I want to save the page for some reason or just hit Ctrl + S, but with the futuristic technology they'll hopefully come up with (if they don't, somebody else will) where you won't need to save it, it'll all be before you.
Don't look at this as a horrible technology, rather look at it as the beginning of the future in computer design. It's still definitely needing work, and it'll get it in time.
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