Documenting the Coming Singularity

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Where computer interfaces are heading - Mobile, Screenless, Invisible

Technology Review - 8.17.10

One futurist's vision of the coming interface singularity contrasts with the reality of today's prototypes.

Reto Meier, an "Android Developer Advocate for Google" recently laid out a fairly science-fiction account of where computer (or at least mobile) interfaces are headed.

In the spirit of the best futurism, all of his predictions - from Augmented Reality eye glasses to advanced batteries - have parallels in the real world. What follows is a walk-through of the future, expressed in terms of the not quite ready for prime time discoveries coming out of labs today.

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