The Future of Input Devices.
Jacob, Robert J. K.
- All aspects of human-computer interaction, from the high-level concerns of organizational context and system requirements to the conceptual, semantic, syntactic, and lexical levels of user interface design, are ultimately funneled through physical input and output actions and devices. The fundamental task in computer input is to move information from the brain of the user to the computer. Progress... read morein this discipline attempts to increase the useful bandwidth across that interface by seeking faster, more natural, and more convenient means for a user to transmit information to a computer. This position paper gives some of the technical background for this area along with a brief survey of the range of input devices currently in use and emerging. Then it attempts to predict future trends in input. Some of those trends point toward devices and interaction styles that are sufficiently different from those in current use that they will require research into whole new types of interfaces, new interaction techniques, and new user interface software architectures. For example, some new styles of interaction revolve around parallel, continuous streams of input, while most current user interface software techniques assume a single stream of discrete events or tokens.read less
- Jacob, Robert J. K. "The Future of Input Devices." ACM Computing Surveys 28, no. 4es (December 1, 1996): 138-es. doi:10.1145/242224.242400.