December 5, 2016 Michael Reyes No Comments on How Touch is Going to Change the World
How Touch is Going to Change the World
If there’s one thing that has totally changed the landscape of the world we live in today, it’s definitely the internet. Almost everything, from information-sharing, to communications, even to transportation, the internet has taken control of it, for better or for worse. And since its creation, people have been on the double wanting to catch up, trying to find every little path that would lead to a new form of innovation.
If you think that we’ve made it far, then think again: Intuit founder Scott Cook says that “we’re still in the first few minutes of the first day of the internet revolution.” Just think about the possibilities that might bring.
Most new devices today now rely on touch, in an effort to make everything in the digital world more… real, more three-dimensional. And developers are taking big advantage of this. That said, here is an insight on what the future could possibly hold for us, with the power of the internet, and the gesture of touch:
As mentioned a while ago, innovation in technology today, especially in mobile devices, tend to focus on touch. The introduction of the touchscreen is a good start, not only for user experience, but for the bigger plans being laid out by the biggest names in the tech industry: the ability to not only see, but feel what we’re checking out on the web.
Disney has developed this technology called Electrostatic Vibration, designed to manipulate the amount of friction that a finger feels when it touches a surface, which mimics the sensation of the likes of textures, bumps, and others. This initiative opens more doors towards the big goal.
If this is to be pulled off, it would be a breakthrough. Imagine actually touching a loved one from a distant place, while making video calls. Distance could simply be irrelevant.
The Internet of Things, or the concept of devices being connected via the internet, has become so common to us these days. From our phones to even our television sets, it’s there. A Gartner study suggests that by 2020, the number of internet-connected devices may reach a number of 26 billion. With the pace of today’s technology, it’s really not that surprising.
People have found many ways to make use of sensors; it’s being used for security purposes, and even for our health. Now, imagine this being capitalized for our ONLINE security; now, we have fingerprint readers and eye scanners. Imagine what we can develop from that – all your accounts online wouldn’t need passwords anymore; everything would be based on your biometrics.
In the future, the internet might just be connected to just about any device, and the digital world might not seem so digital at all.
As Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google, suggested, the future of the internet will be like electricity; it will be everything, while at the same time, nothing. That might just be the case, especially with today’s uprising technologies.
The team of Chris Harrison and other Microsoft researchers have started on OmniTouch, a prototype system wherein you wear a portable projector, and in an instant, every surface you face the projector with can turn into a display. Once this project becomes fully developed, everyday surfaces like the table in front of you, or even your palm, can become a full-functioning keyboard, a smartphone interface, and so much more.
Suddenly it’s not impossible for the world to become full touchscreen.
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