Motion control - present and future
Motion control captured people's imagination with the film “Minority Report”, and Primsesense was the first company out of the gate with a technology that came close to the concept (later integrated into Microsoft’s Kinect). But it hasn't evolved much since then.... has it?
A: First, we need to keep in mind that motion control is not simple. Again, assuming price is not an object, you can create a lot of solutions – however, “price is not an object” belongs more in the movies than in the hi-tech. I think a lot of progress is being made in the area of motion control. Primesense has its competitors; companies like Open Motion and Samsung which now allows gesture control for its TVs instead of using the remote. Motion control is up and coming, with lots of innovation ahead of it.
There are still major technical challenges to having motion sensors that can work well everywhere for any situation, in order to have a seamless experience. Can that be overcome? Do we have to wait until 2025 for that to happen?
A: Considering where we are today, I have no doubt that by 2025 motion control will be quite practical in many areas of our lives.
Maybe by 2025 we will be tired of digitally communicating and will want to get back to real-life communicating?
A: It is very hard to tell when exactly, and 2025 sounds like a fine target for it, but communication will become natural and literally unnoticeable. I believe the ease of digital communication will become comparable with the ease of real-life communication, and they will become so intermingled that it will be hard to decide what is what. Also, even today, can you say that digital communication is not a part of our real-life communication?
How will gesture and voice control change us psychologically? After all, humans became "human" by making tools with their bare hands. We’re a tactile bunch. We like to touch things.
A: If anything, voice and gesture control will only make us more human, not less. This is how we control everything today – we tell people what to do, and we show people what to do – using voice and gestures. In 2025, we will be able to do the same thing comfortably with machines, so our communication will only become more natural, not less, as we won’t have to make much distinction between communication with humans or with machines.
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