From Horizon Project
Time-to-Adoption: Four to Five Years
 Alternative Interaction Devices
Nintendo rocked the console-gaming world with the release of the Wii and its “wand” controller. Apple’s iPhone, with its all-touchscreen controls, did the same for the world of mobile phones. These and other alternatives to the keyboard, the mouse, and traditional controllers are just beginning to suggest new ways to interact with computers and other devices—ways that are based on movements that are more closely associated with the task at hand, easier to do in a hurry, or more natural. Some have experimented with connecting the Wii with a personal computer to use as a gaming interface (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkX1oQsvNe0).
Perceptive Pixel’s multi-touch system (http://www.perceptivepixel.com) reacts to multiple areas of contact (i.e. all the fingers on both hands, or several people’s hands at one time), allowing a more natural, gestural movement than single-touch interfaces. Technology like this, combined with more affordable large screens and video hardware capable of large-scale, multiscreen projection, will lead to new interfaces and displays that take advantage of the increased size and resolution. The result, still several years away, will be interaction devices that are as big a leap over the mouse as the mouse was over typing at the command line.
 Relevance for Teaching, Learning & Creative Expression
- Applications for education are still on the far horizon, but it is clear that natural interfaces will enable users to interact with computers more quickly and comfortably than is currently possible.
- Large-scale multi-touch input devices could allow groups to work together without having to “pass the mouse.”
- Purdue University’s Envison Center researches scientific visualization and human computer interaction: http://www.envision.purdue.edu/
- Microsoft’s Surface is a tabletop, touch-sensitive computer: http://www.surface.com
- Apple’s iPhone features a small multi-touch interface: http://www.apple.com/iphone
 For Further Reading
Microsoft Surface: Behind-the-Scenes First Look (with Video)
(Glenn Derene, Popular Mechanics, July 2007)
This article (and video) describe the Microsoft Surface, scheduled to appear in hospitality and entertainment venues in spring 2008. http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/industry/4217348.html
Multi-Touch Interaction Roundup
(Chris O’Shea, Pixelsumo, February, 2006)
This article describes a variety of multi-touch interaction interfaces. http://www.pixelsumo.com/post/multi-touch-interaction
(Nintendo Website, retrieved November 30, 2007)
This page describes the Nintendo Wii’s unique motion-sensing controller. http://wii.nintendo.com/controller.jsp
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