The Coming Computer Interface Wars
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- For a generation, I told friends that computers were a box connected to a TV set for output, a typewriter for input and a tape recorder for storage, all sitting on a desk.
A personal computer, it turns out, is more like the box held up by a store clerk in Intel
So iOS is not the final evolution of computer interfaces. Already, Apple Siri and its imitators are telling us we can talk to our computers, like the late James Doohan tried to talk to a Macintosh in Star Trek IV. Microsoft's
Those who are dismissing Apple's latest earnings, thinking there's nothing for the company to innovate beyond its current lineup, are missing this key point. The very nature of computing is about to be transformed.
Above my screen right now sits a Logitech
By this time next year, instead of talking in front of the camera about stocks and technology, I might use the camera, and the microphone, to tell the computer what to do, to control software, making it my interface with an operating system.
The camera itself cost me just $50. At that price I can have one in every room. If a product combining voice, visuals and gesture interpretation is part of an operating system, one shared by all the screens in the home, now I'm walking, talking, and interacting with technology as naturally as I might with my family.