Moving Beyond the Mouse: Connecting with Our Computers in the Future

We’ve already had a taste of mouse-free computing. Touchscreens on our smartphones and tablets allow us to search the Internet, compose e-mail messages, send texts, and stream movies, all without having to use a mouse. So what on earth do you think this will lead us to down the road? How will we interact with our computers in the coming decades? After we ditch the mouse, what comes next?

Gesture sensing

Gesture sensing is something most gamers are familiar with. The PlayStation and Wii both make use of this technology. Simply by using a wireless remote you can control the game using only body movements. This technology has not been perfected or widely applied to computing but think about the possibilities. Perhaps in the foreseeable future we will boot our computer by putting on a sensor bracelet and each little gesture we make will execute a task on our computer!

Multi-touch technology

Multi-touch technology is the one other interactive innovation. This is what is being applied any time you tap your smartphone screen to access programs, or swipe your finger across the surface of your tablet to switch screens. In the past few years we have seen a lot of growth in this technology. Do you think this will end up being the primary way we navigate around our computers?

Voice recognition

This technology has existed for quite a while but has had lots of kinks. As these get worked out, it will continue to gain global recognition. This technology allows people to simply speak commands to their computer to execute them. The most prevalent vendor for vocal recognition software is Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Once this technology is refined the possibilities for its use in computing are endless.

No matter what happens, though, the odds are that we’ll still rely, at least somewhat, on the humble mouse. All things considered, it has served us well for many years.

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