The next wave of computing is perceptual


TS Evangelist
If you can visualize controlling your computer merely by using your voice or a wave of your hand, rather than a mouse, a keyboard, or even a touchscreen, then you can see just the beginnings of what perceptual computing is...

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I find pressing a button to be quite okay. I have a solar powered keyboard too so no worries about batteries etc. So why do I need or want any of this stuff ?


TS Evangelist
I just noticed it today:
is the "controller" worn by tom cruise an advanced bowling accessory? :)


You almost ruined it for me :eek: , but I checked - Tom Cruise's controller would (as a bowling glove) protect the wrong fingers.


TS Evangelist
The mouse and keyboard work pretty well. I don't want to have to wave my arm around to use my PC, and I sure don't want my entire office to have voice operated computers.

If there was one technology I'd like to see it's eye-tracking. I can move my eyes faster and more accurately than I can move a mouse cursor. Split my spacebar into 3 keys, make the middle a space, the right key is a left click and the left key is a right click...(or reverse it if you prefer) and let my eyes replace my movement of the mouse. I can then use the keyboard and 'mouse' without taking my hands off the keyboard. Moving my eyes won't affect what I'm typing because I have to still click with my fingers.


TechSpot Chancellor
"The mouse and keyboard work pretty well. I don't want to have to wave my arm around to use my PC, and I sure don't want my entire office to have voice operated computers."

Exactly. I also don't mind getting up off my fat you-know-what to turn on/off the lights either. I can see where some of these perceptual computing ideas might come in handy in a manufacturing or even medical environment. But for day-to-day home use? More annoyance (and frankly more work) than what's currently available. Can you imagine having a house full of rambunctious kids and having your appliances, lights and TV's doing all sorts of things because of the kids jumping around and yelling? LOL...


TS Guru
I can imagine it a bit this is easy for us acquainted with tech but for others who still cant figure out which remote is which where to point or what so many buttons do this is more confusion they lift the remote up to operate and something has already happened they say something again a voice speaks back to them they just won't understand.


I remember seeing a web article recently where someone commented that folk kept coming to them wanting an interface that looks like Minority Report's. And here we are with an article & a giant pic of tom cruise.

Issue is, it looks good in the movies, but is holding your arms out ahead of you & windmilling about for an 8hr workday anymore ergonomic or sensible over what we got now? Or is this a case of clueless point-haired people saying "that tom cruise movie sure had a cool looking computer, give us that!"


TS Addict
Huh really? yeah a few months Ray Kurzwell(google) said in 2045 they can upload your brain onto a computer and modify your dna through computer code...This sounds crazy but really look it up.