Friday, February 27, 2009
Even the most sophisticated man-machine interface today requires that the user learn how to use the computer. Now researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne claim their QB1 computer can bridge the gap between man and machine without the need for and manual--or even a keyboard or mouse. QB1 seeks out users in its immediate surroundings and presents applications to them that can be navigated with intuitive hand gestures.
BOTTOM LINE: Learning how to use a computer can be a daunting task, but the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne appears to be simplifying the procedure by building attentiveness into their software. So far the technique is at the toy-stage, but approaches like this could someday realize the dream of computers without manuals, although it may take five years or more to realize commercial applications using the technology.
Posted by R. Colin Johnson at 4:44 PM