Jonathan's voice choked up as he told me how the user and his family members were virtually in tears. To them, this interface represented freedom and autonomy.
What is holding back full scale development and deployment of this type of NUI? Sensor technology for one thing. We need highly precise 3D pinpointing sensors to locate and track motions, and to enable fine tuned feedback. Fortunately, says Jonathan, these are on the horizon.
So when people get into discussions about what is "natural", there is no single, simple, answer. As pointed out by a LinkedIn reader in response to my last post, there will be cultural differences. There will be differences based upon ability and impaired ability. As we become increasingly sophisticated, and some inventors move into the realm of AI, cognitive issues will become increasingly important. For example, what is "natural" will be different for victims of head trauma.
Our society is undeniably digital and the more people who can access technology easily and naturally, the better.
There is a ways to go before the assistive technology Jonathan envisions can be produced and marketed widely and affordably, but when it happens the societal impact has enormous potential. At the end of the day, this potential is what drives Jonathan in his NUI work.