There’s a lot of work going on at Microsoft around NUI and following videos brings much of it together – from Windows 7 touch, Surface, Natal and the Office Envisioning videos. Until now, much of this seemed a bit far off – in realm of Minority Report it seemed very “Hollywood”. However, inexpensive display technology is enabling any surface to become an interactive screen. Cameras and microphones can now be embedded in almost anything and Wii and iPhone have shown that computers can understand simple gestures – with Natal that goes further with more advanced gestures and speech recognition. There’s much talk of augmented reality at moment and that adds another layer of exciting potential. Bill Gates raised the subject again during his appearance this weekend on “Meet the Press,” telling NBC’s David Gregory that the natural user interface is “the thing that people underestimate right now.”
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