Is Speech Recognition the Future of the User Interface?

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Gesture recognition companies like PointGrab are also trying to capitalize on the emerging NUI market. Users are tired of stilted interfaces that force unnatural actions, and there’s an emerging desire for technology that responds intuitively. IDG reports that the Israeli company has been hard at work showcasing its iOS and TV set gesture recognition products at the recent consumer electronics show (CES), and to great effect. But the IDG roundup of gesture technology shows a potential problem: there are no standard gestures, and products from PointGrab, Leap Motion, Elliptic Labs and Spicebox all require users to learn a different “vocabulary.”

Just like speech recognition, however, these technologies have come a long way from the video gaming systems of the 1990s, and evolved to a point where few words are missed or gestures misinterpreted.