Among the top technology trends for 2012, new ways to input data or communicate with your smartphone, computer, or internet-enabled television will dominate what is coming onto the market. Instead of pointing and clicking with a mouse, users will have the option to use touch, voice, and gestures to interact with their computing devices.
Most people likely are most familiar with the touch control. Phones, laptops, and even desktop computers have a growing number of touch screens available. Instead of using an external device or keyboard to input data, more people will begin to touch the screen to click links, send emails, and make purchases online. The touch screen market is expected to be worth around $5 billion in 2012 as more people move toward this model.
When Siri came out in 2011, the idea of having a computerized “personal assistant” moved from the realm of quirky, futuristic movies to real and handheld. Siri is the voice-controlled assistant on the iPhone 4S. Users can ask her questions, such as where to find a wine bar or how close the nearest public parking is, and they will receive an answer from a female voice. While initial reports suggest that the concept still needs some work to understand questions, the idea is generally a popular one.
Android users also can use voice control to search Google or use the Google Navigation application. Voice-activated controls have progressed rapidly from “talk-type” programs that were error-prone. Instead these technologies will begin to expand as companies devise better ways to send text messages, make to do lists, and even change the channel on the television using only voice commands.
The 2002 movie Minority Report presented this technology to the general public, and the idea may become popularized a decade later. The idea behind gestural control is that people should be able to use hand movements and facial gestures to interact with technological devices. The Xbox Kinect uses this technology by allowing users to play games using a wireless signal between the users and the console. In 2012, expect to see more spatial gesture technologies that will aloe people to “wave” their commands at a screen.
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