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Saying Goodbye to the Mouse

Business Technology | February 29, 2012

Mouse-free computing is something we’ve 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? Will we eventually leave the mouse in the dust and start mastering more advanced ways of communicating with our computers?

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 are able to control the game using only body movements. This technology hasn’t been perfected or widely applied to computing but think of the possibilities. Perhaps in the future we will boot our computer by putting on a sensor bracelet and each and every 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 switch screens. In the past couple of years we have seen lots 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 some time but has had a lot 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 prevalent 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 new technologies arise or how refined the ones we spoke about get, chances are that the mouse will not disappear all together. It has served us well, and we know we can depend on it.


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