Life has become a science fiction movie. Ok, while that may be a bold claim, current trends in technology have pointed toward a world where humans and machines interact in a fantasy, movie-esque fashion. Screens can now recognize faces and fingerprints and the Google glass project has turned glasses into fully functioning computers. This emerging trend can be better defined as gesture recognition or language technology. Since there are so many devices that now incorporate gestures into the user experience it is vital to ask the questions of where does this take us? and can the movements of humans be patented?Before we begin the dive into theorizing what the future of gesture recognition technology has in store for all of mankind; we should first explore where these things are most present. The two biggest devices which support this emerging trend of interaction are smart phones and televisions. The blink of an eye, the wave of a hand and much more are ways that humans friend their technology per say. The Google glass, while not so much based off gestures, is important to bring into the discussion because it is the first of its kind; essentially a wearable computer.
For smart phones it all began with the touch screens. This allowed finger motions such as swipes and taps to become the norm for advancing user experiences. The next step as seen with the latest model of the Samsung Galaxy is the detection of when a user is looking at their phone. The campaign for the Samsung Galaxy S4 includes a commercial which boasts the phone's ability to pause video when a user looks away. The Galaxy S4 also supports a wide array of touchless gestures where a user can simply shape things over the phone with his or her fingers and the phone responds. This could be the reason behind the heavily-fueled rumor that Apple's newest iPhone will feature an eyeball recognition locking system. Voice commands, although are not gestures, have become popular with many phone companies as it allows users to be completely hands free regardless of whether the fingers touch the phone or hover above it.
In conjunction with its newest Galaxy model Samsung is also spearheading the future of television interaction. Its new SmartTV, as the commercial campaign boasts, can be controlled by voice and hand motions. Simply waving one's hand in front of the screen in predetermined motions act as a mouse or remote when choosing things on the screen. The voice command can simply be used to shout out the name of desired program. Although this may not necessarily be the first time that a television has had this capability it definitely appears to be the most fluid working.
The Google glass project is still in the early stages as it is not available nationwide in stores yet. The glasses are mostly limited to developers and people who have written Google personally and then Google decided whether to grant the privilege of owning them or not. These go beyond gesture technology because they are wearable and the user doesn't necessarily even have to make gestures. It is a lens that projects all the information one would want from their phone directly in front of them. Text message, phone call or GPS; the Google glass can do these things easily from a voice command.
The future of this technology is hard to predict because with any technology, it is always changing. The horizon is a little blurry but one can make the assumption that it will only continue to develop and eventually turn into voice command technology. These two have already been integrated together but the point of technology is to be able to use it without thinking about it. Whatever that secret may be is what the future is going to be. Wearable tends to be the forerunner right now with Google glass becoming popular and the rumor of Apple releasing an iWatch next year. It will be interesting to see where technology takes us because it is just as important to remember to stay human. Google has also been talking about making a car and with the Siri integration in others; technology and our phones have entered into every part of our lives. Perhaps there will come a day we will be able to speak things and they will just happen all in part to devices being able to completely understand our meanings.