At the rate that we see new gadgets set out in the market, the time may come where we would be using a different kind of interface as far as PC computing is concerned. Among them would be a shift towards using voice technology and simple touches of a keypad from the usual mobile phones largely used in carrying out computing works. In short, the possibility of a keyboard-less world looms over the horizon and it seems to be coming pretty soon.
“Talk and touch are common technology interfaces. People have adjusted to hearing individuals dictating information in public to their computing devices. In addition ‘haptic’ technologies based on touch feedback have been fully developed, so, for instance, a small handheld Internet appliance allows you to display and use a full-size virtual keyboard on any flat surface for those moments when you would prefer not to talk aloud to your networked computer.”
The transformation of the standard desktop or laptop towards mobile computing is happening today. People put to good use their mobile phones and mini PC devices and one can just be amazed at the things that people can do with them. There is no doubt that connecting to the web has been made easier and no longer are people constrained to stay in the office or their home which normally becomes a problem when they want to move around and do multi-task activities.
If today we are seeing the growth of mobile technology, just imagine what is in store a couple of years from now. Voice technology is not far behind. It was tried out some years back but died down due to lack of support and peripherals compatible to it. Today is a different story and with all the players in the computer market vying for credible market share, don’t be surprised if it develops this time around.