So now we come to the inevitable question, what’s next in natural user interface (NUI) hardware and design?
Innovation in tablet and touchscreen hardware is moving fast (my iPad 2 seems so 1990’s now). Last week Google announced and launched its own tablet called the Nexus 7, which was just hinted at in January at the International Consumer Electronics Show. This 7 inch tablet is the newest tablet to hit the shelves in July. What sets this tablet apart from all the other tablets out in the market right now? This tablet weighs only 340 grams. This tablet offers HD display and claims that you will be able to notice the difference when watching HD content compared to standard definition. Like the iPad, the Nexus 7 will have a front-facing camera which is great for hangouts and on the go pictures. The Nexus 7 also offers a quad-core processor which will make games and other content faster loading and responding.
With each new NUI tablet or touchscreen comes progress in design. We’re looking forward to:
Interaction with physical objects: Imagine placing a paint chip on a screen that is read and applied to the walls of a kitchen you’re viewing. Or downloading a photo you just took with your phone to your tablet by placing your Bluetooth phone on the tablet.
Video game physics: Already at the core of multi-touch interfaces, kinetic interfaces are being exploited even further by new sensors such as Microsoft Kinect.
Tactile feedback: Touchscreens generally do not provide physical responses to touch. (One exception is the vibration feature in smartphones, generally not found in tablets.) This can make certain tasks such as keyboard input challenging on a touch device. A combination of visual cues, predictive text recognition and spelling correction can reduce user difficulties.
That’s a wrap on our series on Natural User Interface. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or feedback.