We use technology everyday. Whether we are conscious, just about everything has a processor (something that handles inputs and outputs) and an electric supply. This includes appliances, speakers (most of the time), phones, computers, and cars.
However, how we use these things can vary quite a lot. There’s buttons and joysticks, knobs, switches, and other more complicated methods of input. In fact, the amount of information that an electronic device receives is only belittled in comparison to the amount and complexity that we process everyday.
Now what if I were to ask you this, in terms of controls which phone would you choose: A phone with a screen and keypad, or a phone with a touchscreen and a single button to turn off/on? Most of you probably prefer the latter case, but why? Well it is a much more natural way to control whatever the phone is doing. There is no need fiddling with tiny buttons in order to get to the one option all the way at the bottom of the menu.
There was actually an interesting video done by The Game Theorists where they discussed with Nintendo of America’s Reggie about whether motion were good or bad compared to older methods of controls.
Overall, both sides had interesting arguments, but I think the future of electronic interfaces will move to a more natural/ergonomic method of providing input to machines.
Whether it is wanted or not, our methods of controlling technology (for most scenarios) will move to some form of motion or touchscreen control. Additionally, advances in technology will always provide the drive to attempt more efficient methods of some natural method of interfacing with technology, rendering more traditional methods of control obsolete in the process.
One example of this advancement of technology is the Oculus Rift. It took quite a long development time for this to be commercially marketable to public audiences, but it provides insight into how technology is evolving. Besides providing a VR headset, users can also get a peripheral that allows them to use their hands in a natural way to interact with virtual environments. Of course it is not without its flaws, but eventually advances in technology will provide an accurate and reliable method of interfacing with technology.
Of course that’s just my prediction on the matter! I would love to hear what you guys think about how the future of interfaces will evolve with time.