Disappearance of Tangible interfaces
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So here’s a post around a topic I have been pondering over quite some time now. I had a brief discussion with my brother couple of days back and here I am writing this down because I think it might make myself more clearer. Inputs, criticisms and thoughts are most welcome.
For the start, so when Bret Victor wrote a Rant on the future of Interaction Design and questioned the visible trend of a “picture under glass” vision to interaction design, I had my own tint of thought on the importance of fingers in interaction design. My judgement about the importance of fingers (not one single finger) still stays strong, however the rant questioned
With an entire body at your command, do you seriously think the Future Of Interaction should be a single finger?
The conversation between the voices in my head started from the rant and it had now come so far that I am going to talk about some on-the-verge technologies which, I believe, can seriously turn how Human Computer Interaction progress in the seemingly far off future.
So when Miguel Nicolelis conducted the Monkey & Joystick Experiment in which Aurora, a monkey is made to play a game using a joystick while its neural activities are recorded. Later the joystick was removed and the researchers were able to simulate the joystick movements just from the brain signals from Aurora as such she realized she can play the game without the joystick. Here’s the TED talk on the experiment.