Future of Computer Interface Will Revolve Around Touch

Future of Computer Interface Will Revolve Around Touch 

 Nano-Touch

Earlier this week, the humble computer mouse celebrated its 40th birthday. While surprisingly little has changed since Doug Engelbart, an engineer at Stanford Research Institute, in Palo Alto, CA, first demonstrated the mouse to a skeptical crowd in San Francisco, we may have already seen a few glimpses of the future of computer interfaces. If so, over the next few years, the future of the computer interface will likely revolve around touch.

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Vocal Joystick Allows Disabled To Use Computers

Vocal Joystick Allows Disabled To Use Computers 

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed the ‘Vocal Joystick’ software, which allows disabled people to use computers in a better way. The software allows the computer to be driven by sound, in pace of the conventional functioning mouse. The difference between the Vocal Joystick and other technologies is that it does not use standard voice recognition technology and instead detects basic sounds at about 100 times a second and generates a fluid and adaptive cursor movement. It is said that the system allows users to exploit large sets of sounds for continuous and discrete movement. The Vocal Joystick does the job with the help of a microphone, computer with a standard sound card and a user who can vocalize.

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Backball – Control Cursor With Your Butt

Backball - Control Curser With Your Butt 

 Backball by Interaction Architecture

I don’t generally go in for ultra-fancy mice. After all, even the most advanced models won’t let me do the one thing I demand from the peripheral: let me control the cursor with my butt. Thankfully, the design pioneers at Interaction Architecture have created the Backball, which lets you do just that.

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