In today’s world, many of us interact with our computers using external input devices, such as the keyboard and mouse that have been commonplace ever since the dawn of personal computing. In the not-too distant future, these external input devices, that we depend so much on with computers today, may not be needed with the direction that computing is headed. The idea of touch-based technology may dominate the computing world soon enough.
Touch-based computing already exists today in small forms, especially in smartphones, such as the Windows Phone and iPhone. Tablet computers are also based upon the principle of touch-based computing, where no external mouse or keyboard is needed to interface with these devices (at least to perform simple internet and browsing tasks). We are also already seeing touch-based computing as a commonplace technology in many sci-fi shows and movies, such as: Caprica, Minority Report, and Terra Nova.
In a recent video, published by Microsoft on their YouTube channel of officevideos, the computing giant displays its vision for computing in the future and how it will impact both the business world and the culture we will live in:
Kurt DeBlane of Microsoft TechNet‘s blog post on this premise had the following statement:
“All of the ideas in the video are based on real technology. Some of the capabilities, such as speech recognition, real time collaboration and data visualization already exist today. Others are not yet available in specific products, but represent active research and development happening at Microsoft and other companies.”
If touch-based technology is the future of computing, are you ready for it? It definitely will be something to get used to in the years to come.