Its yet another post on the touch based tools and apps, but I couldn’t resist. So here it goes..
We heard about the coffee table from gates (Microsoft) a few years back.. The idea was to change the way human machine interaction modes. In layman terms, move away from a mouse, keyboard based interaction to a more natural way of interaction.. (i.e.) through voice, body gestures, pen, touch, etc.
It got me thinking. What happens when people are presented with such technology. How would people react to that?
Well.. I haven’t heard about the coffee table much since. But recently we were presented with a more portable version of it by a gentleman named Steve Jobs. Apple presented iPad to the world. One of the better products that has greeted the market in the last decade and maybe even longer than that. The options of utilization are massive, limited by only one’s imagination.
Here’s a look at recent future with touch screens..
It presents expandable, transparent and easily connected touch based apps. Thats one of the direction they’d move.
Children and Education:
Other area of applicability are children and the whole education and learning space around them. Have you seen a kid with an iPad in hand? Have a look at these pictures and figure out the most natural interface in this:
Obviously the third one with iPad looks the most natural for kids. Kids learn a lot through touch and feedback. With right kind of apps, it can be very intuitive and can change the face of child learning.
Help with Autism:
This also opens up unlimited opportunities to enhance improvement in communication especially for kids with communication disorders. There have been many stories where this interface has helped families communicate better with their special kids. Have a look at this amazing heart-warming video and see for yourself..
Owing to its size and intuitive interface, its again a natural choice for apps/services that reach out of rural areas in different parts of the world with low literacy rates. I’m sure with mass production and subsidized rates from government, this can be made available to huge population and large number of people can benefit from this.
Industries like rural healthcare, micro-finance and different services and benefit from this too.. There has been a recent announcement from Indian HRD ministry to launch a 35$ tablet. It may not be a possibility currently but it shouldn’t be long before we reach that point technically..
Looking at the impact that mobile has created in the rural sections, this would be accepted instantly.