Life Imitates Art: New User Interfaces Usher In an Age of Sci-fi

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Sci-Fi User Interface Design

How humans interact with computers is an integral facet of creating a user experience for websites and applications that will be engaging and memorable to users. Creating an experience that inhabits a user thoroughly requires developing a means of getting information to and from the computer that approaches being imperceptible. The development of the original tethered mouse was a gigantic innovation as it incorporated natural

How humans interact with computers is an integral facet of creating a user experience for websites and applications that will be engaging and memorable to users. Creating an experience that inhabits a user thoroughly requires developing a means of getting information to and from the computer that approaches being imperceptible. The development of the original tethered mouse was a gigantic innovation as it incorporated natural, intuitive movement into the experience of user input, and IMO was really what began the “NUI” (Natural User Interface) revolution.

Sci-Fi User Interface DesignThe ultimate goal of NUI is to make getting information into the computer as “human” as possible, and to blur the line between human and computer. The idea would be to remove the keyboard and mouse, and replace them with touch, speech, gestures, handwriting, and vision – allowing the user to escape more completely into the experience. The idea is not new – engineers have been messing around with voice recognition, eye movement and other biometric inputs for years. But it’s only been recently (with vastly increased computing power, innovations in materials development, software breakthroughs) that we have been able to see the beginnings of the UI revolutions that will create the next generation of immersive computer experiences.

In this issue of Video Voices, James and Victor talk about some great breakthroughs in NUI, and discuss how NUI will impact marketing strategy and development now and in the future.

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