A guest post by Marcus Ghaly
When computing moved from inputting punch-cards to using keyboards in the 60’s and 70’s, a revolution in computing took place. Governments, businesses, universities, and research institutes began doing large scale computation, statistical analysis, and built the early networks like the ARPA Net, which would eventually become the Internet and World Wide Web.
When we shifted again from text-only interfaces to Graphical User Interfaces, or GUI’s, in the 80’s a larger change happened. The mouse, keyboard, and GUI allowed the computer to become accessible to everyone, found its way into the home in the form of a desktop computer, and it eventually became unthinkable to run a business without computers and the massive boost to productivity they brought.
Today we are at the beginning of the next revolution, moving from Graphical User Interfaces (GUI’s) to Natural User Interfaces (NUI’s). We are a highly mobile, data rich and highly social society, and so the desktop computer no longer serves our needs. We use mobile phones, tablets, and conference-table sized touch screens to stay connected, meet our needs, and accomplish our goals. But NUI is more than just using your finger to tap buttons instead of clicking a mouse. Technologies like Microsoft Kinect are even able to interpret our body’s movements and gestures, to better suit our needs and lifestyles.
At IdentityMine, when we make Natural User Interfaces, we custom-build experiences to fit our client’s needs, allow users to easily interact with large amounts of information through voice, touch, and body movements and create elegant designs that are inviting and engaging. We identify where business goals, user needs, and technology overlap, and create experiences that are unique, playful and ultimately feel natural. Interested in seeing what we can do for your business? Contact us or check out some of our past projects.