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The Nature of Natural User Interaction
{ Thu, 17 May 2012, 15h00 }

By: Bill Buxton  [ show info ]

As technologies evolve, so do the modalities of interaction and the associated interaction languages. What evolves far more slowly is the technology of the users. It is the latter that can provide the best guide to understanding the former. Yes, emerging technologies make it possible to better exploit the full potential of the human. And, yes, this may result in ways of interaction that are sufficiently distinct from command-line and graphical user interfaces of the past. But by the same token, just because something uses speech, gesture, multi-touch, etc., does not inherently make it “natural.” Likewise, just because something that employs a conventional command-line interface or GUI does not necessarily make it unnatural. The “nature” of the beast lies within some appropriate mix of user, task, technology and context. It is the intent of this talk to dive into the nature of this mix with the hope of shedding some light on its nature – light which might help illuminate some of our thinking as we approach designing future systems.

Hosted by: MultiModal Systems

Location: Anfiteatro Leopoldo Guimarães, CENIMAT

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