Advanced UIs For Next Generation of Phones and Tablets
May 9, 2013
From voice dictation to behavior recognition, richer displays to increased storage capacity, 2013 proves to be an exciting year for the next generation of Smart Phones and Tablets. Here are just a few of the changes you can look forward to throughout the coming year.
This field is lead by Apple’s Siri and Google’s Google Now. Enhanced features include web search capabilities, map direction interface with the user, and the ability to message through voice recognition. Currently, Siri is limited to iOS devices, but Google is increasing its distribution of Google Now to a wider array of Android products. While these two are the big boys on the block, they are not the only players in town. Numerous other smaller applications promise to keep Google Now and Siri on their toes.
Next generation USB
For years USB has been the staple for data exchange between devices. Now it’s time to meet the next generation USB, SuperSpeed USB 3.0. With data transfer speeds up to 10 times faster than 2.0, users will see a drastic reduction in download time from one device to the other. Best of all, 3.0 has been engineered to work with 2.0 devices although the transfer speed will be limited to the slower of the two devices.
Gesture and Behavior Recognition
Already in use in devices such as the Xbox Kinect, gesture recognition will be coming to a tablet near you very soon. These products will revolutionize the way users interact with their tablets and virtually do away with the touch screen as we know it. With gesture recognition, a user simply has to make a sweeping gesture in front of the screen without actually touching the apparatus.
Likewise, eye and behavioral recognition will offer users an experience right out of a scifi movie. Already used in some internet connected TVs, this technology realistically won’t hit the market until the 3rd or 4th quarter. Such applications would provide the user with the ability to lock the device if the user’s attention is diverted elsewhere. With increased development, these applications will prove instrumental in the lives of people with disabilities. Prototypes are in development. Currently the Swedish company Tobii is researching a Windows based eye-controlled user interface.
Organic Light Emitting Diodes offer users richer colors and enhanced contrast ratios. Until now, this technology has only been available on higher end products, but the trend seems to be shifting. Predictions are that the market saturation could triple by 2015.
While many of these may not be standard features on all products in 2013, they definitely provide customers with some intriguing opportunities for the future of user interfaces. As for now, users can eagerly wait to see which features will be incorporated into the new iPhone 5S and iPad 5 which will be released on June 29th. Both devices will set the bar high for the end of year holiday shopping season.