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

Mouse-free computing is something we have just begun to taste. We have touchscreens on many devices including tablets, phones, and e-readers. These allow us to access the web; send texts, and emails all without using a mouse

Mouse-free computing is something we have just begun to taste. We have touchscreens on many devices including tablets, phones, and e-readers. These allow us to access the web; send texts, and emails all without using a mouse. Is this the shape of things to come? Can we eventually leave the mouse in the dust and start mastering more advanced ways of communicating with our computers?

Gesture sensing

Gesture sensing is one thing most gamers are familiar with. The PlayStation and Wii both use this technology. By using a wireless remote you are able to control the game using only body movements. This technology hasn’t been perfected or widely applied to computing but think about the possibilities. Perhaps in the future we will boot our computer by putting on a sensor bracelet and each little gesture we make will carry out a task on our computer!

Multi-touch technology

Multi-touch technology is another interactive innovation. This is what is being applied when you tap your smartphone screen to access programs, or swipe your finger across the surface of your tablet to change screens. In the past few years we have seen a great deal 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 been with us for quite a while but has had lots of kinks. As these get resolved, it will continue to gain popularity. This technology allows people to simply speak commands to their computer to complete them. The most common vendor for vocal recognition software is Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Once this technology is refined the possibilities for its utilization in computing are endless.

No matter what happens, though, chances are that we’ll still rely, at least somewhat, on the humble mouse. After all, it has served us well for quite some time.

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