9 User Interface Designs That May Replace the Touch Screens In Future
1. MICROSOFT’S TRANSPARENT INTERFACE
With Microsoft’s new research idea of a transparent interface, the technical world is moving away from the input based interfaces. The new interface works on the principle of touch-free hand gestures, eye tracking and even voice commands. The device is designed to provide a platform for multiple technologies. To take precision to a higher level, you can use a pen as input device to this interesting interface.
A touch screen, scanner, built-in-camera, WiFi, Google search, Google image and mobile! This is a short list of the integrated components in this futuristic device. All that you need to do is to carry one of these in your pocket; point at an object- it will tell you all details. Read a Greek text in English, know who is where and know the content of fat in the street food. Technology!!
No one needs a touch screen anymore; instead, use your skin! The micro sized projector and acoustic detector developed by scientists from Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft’s research lab assistance, will now let you use the skin on your palm and arm as a touch screen! What is better is that, the device works perfectly even while you are moving and it can even integrate WiFi and Bluetooth.
Mammas all over the world would stop scolding their child for playing in the mud once they read this. With Tom Gerdhardt’s mud computer, the user can control a computer while playing in mud. According to Tom, the mud tub would act as an experimental platform for an organic interface.
Touch screens are too common to find its place in this list- but, here is a closely related option- multi touch screens. These devices can take into account multiple users and complex gestures. It even lets you to grab, slide and stretch objects. This multi-functioning feature is extremely useful and unavoidable in cases of interactive walls and tabletops.
When the world is awing the touch screen and its easy user interface, researches at Tokyo University are busy finding ‘the next’ after touch screens. And they have it as the in-air gesture input interface device. The gestures that you make in the air are converted into commands to operate the device with the help of a high resolution and high-frame-rate 3D camera installed in the device.
If you have imagination; you can do everything you want to. This imaginary interface was the missing link between man and technology; and yet now it is here-in its best form. Your imagination will help you navigate through the device and input data without a mouse, keyboard or even a gesture. Start imagining and the device made of a two inch camera and LED rings will do the rest.
The brain computer interface is a boon to technology. It can help thousands of incapacitated patients in letting the world know what he or she wants. The patient wearing a cap of EEG sensors can type a letter when concentrating on the same. Though the speed, efficiency and cost factors of the device are not that impressive, it sure is a leap in the run towards a better tomorrow for all.
If you have an LCD, a water tank, light and camera, be ready to use the water based touch screen. Hideo Tamura worked for this astonishingly simple input device because he dint simply want the mechanical forms like keyboard and mouse! Named as the ‘Minamo’ meaning surface of water in Japan, the water based device uses its camera to convert signals to work as a touch screen.