The Mouse is So 2005

September 11, 2009 at 11:55 pm 1 comment

What does the interface of the future look like?

Well, right now, no one can say for sure. Since the beginning of mass computer use by the public, the interface of choice has been the windows, icons, menus and pointing (WIMP) system. As new technologies come into existence, we’re moving away from this traditional WIMP system and towards a system where we won’t need any other tools but ourselves. For example, surface computing will probably catch on quickly and become pervasive¬†within the next few years. A coffee table can can become a computer or even an entire wall in your living room. And all you have to do to manage the “screen” is point a finger; a simple move as effect as Samantha’s magic nose twitch on Bewitched.

This technology really is not as far away and out of reach as it may seem. In fact, some businesses have already started utilizing the surface technology, like the visitor’s center in New York. The only reason the knowledge about these new technologies isn’t widespread is because right now, they are incredibly expensive. The companies making and selling these things want to roll them out on the red carpet and display them for the masses when they have refined the technology enough so that it’s glitch-free and inexpensive enough that the many people can afford it. Me–I am all for the non-buggy and cheaper software!

In the coming years, not only will we see the rise of surface computing, but we’ll see a rise in wearable computing and other types of computing as well. As nanotechnology development goes further and further, computers and interfaces will become smaller and smaller allowing them to become even more portable in increasingly embedded in everyday life.

If the mouse is so 2005, what will we look as being so 2010, come 2015?


Entry filed under: COM 530- Theory & Analysis.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. matthunter8  |  September 12, 2009 at 12:20 am

    we won’t here a squeak out of the mouse in 2015.


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