Is this a glimpse of user interfaces to come?
That little Internet scout Jay Dowling obviously has too much time on his hands, because he's constantly rooting out sagacious snippets of knowledge and interesting nuggets of information. For example, he just pointed me at an article on a new Microsoft-developed technology called SideSight.
This is rather cool. Most handheld "things" (cell phones, MP# players, PDAs, and so forth) require you to press buttons or – in the case of the latest and greatest device interfaces like the iPod touch – use gestures by touching the screen.
By comparison, SideSight uses sensors mounted around the periphery of the device to monitor your finger motions and gestures even when you aren't actually touching the device.
Of course, this is all still early days. I can envisage a not-so-distant-future when even rudimentary products contain multiple micro-miniature cameras and the processing capability to analyze and understand everything that's going on around them to the extent that they can anticipate our every wish... you'll see ... the future is closer than we think!
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