I learned, from Roy Tennant, about work that Microsoft and others are doing with natural user interfaces (NUIs). What’s an NUI? Here’s a piece of a Microsoft Blog article that gives you the gist:

One product that has gotten a lot of attention recently is our Kinect for Xbox 360, which incorporates facial recognition along with gesture-based and voice control. The device knows who you are, understands your voice or the wave of your hand and is changing the face of gaming as we know it. …

By combining sensory inputs with the knowledge of what you?re trying to do (contextual awareness), where you are and what is around you (environmental awareness), 3D simulation and anticipatory learning, we can foresee a future where technology becomes almost invisible. Imagine a world where interacting with technology becomes as easy as having a conversation with a friend.

I can’t quite fathom what search would like in a world of NUI but I’m looking forward to it.

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