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Geek stuff, sci-fi... Augmented Reality is the overlapping of digital information and physical environment. Sci-Fi has often portrayed A.R. as interactive floating transparent computer screens projected into the air, or perhaps the most absolute example: standing inside an entirely computer generated world.
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efficiency
by Yamin on Wed 7th Mar 2007 20:36 UTC
Yamin
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2006-01-10

"In order for computers to evolve to the next generation, they will need to dispatch of the mouse. Pen based and voice input can provide simpler, quicker access, usable by a wider range of people."

Let us for a minute assume we perfect pen and voice recognition. Is it really better than what we have now?

I personally type much faster than i write with a pen. I also find it way easier than writing. I'd also not have to sit there and talk 50 pages just to write an essay.

The mouse is also a very good design. A pen is unquestionably better for graphic art work. I've used convertible tablet pcs where i can get the benefits of both worlds. Do I find myself more drawn to pen-mode? No, because for many tasks, I need a keyboard (see above) and the mouse is a much better companion to a keyboard than the pen (I doesn't need to touch the screen...it is a much quicker switch from keyboard to mouse...than from keyboard-pen-screen)


A common example of this is the voice-menu systems over the telephone. It used be the voice would say "press 1 for x, press 2 for y, press 3 for z". And you would press a key. Now its "tell me what you'd like to do" and you have speak to this machine. Especially at work or something, it's far more convenient to just let me press numbers than to interrupt everyone around me with me answering voice prompts.

By all means A.R is getting better and I welcome any new changes. But they have to actually have a benefit. Off the top of my head, the only thing more efficient than typing would be some kind of direct connection to the brain ;)

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RE: efficiency
by Kroc on Wed 7th Mar 2007 21:15 in reply to "efficiency"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Voice has been slow because the computer has not yet been able to understand us more fluently, and nor has an OS been developed that is not trying to replace the mouse pointer with the voice

For example, what's quicker?
Saying "Computer, play the 25 highest rated songs that were last played on tuesday please",

or saying the clicks out loud - "Start, All Programs, iTunes... File, New Smart Playlist..."

And to iterate your phone menu system; again current systems are no more than replacing clicks or buttons, not /real/ speech. In the future, you could expect to just say "I'd like to talk to the finance department please" and instantly be taken to the right place without silly menus.

Edited 2007-03-07 21:17

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RE[2]: efficiency
by msundman on Wed 7th Mar 2007 23:20 in reply to "RE: efficiency"
msundman Member since:
2005-07-06

> "Computer, play the 25 highest rated songs that were last
> played on tuesday please"

It's good that you're polite to your computer, lest it starts playing Step by step (by New Kids on the Block) on repeat instead. :-)

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RE[2]: efficiency
by devurandom on Thu 8th Mar 2007 09:31 in reply to "RE: efficiency"
devurandom Member since:
2005-07-06

Saying "Computer, play the 25 highest rated songs that were last played on tuesday please",

or saying the clicks out loud - "Start, All Programs, iTunes... File, New Smart Playlist..."


What's actually easier, nicer and maybe even faster is clicking with a mouse through the thing, expecially if you already did the smart playlist.
(I don't know how it works on iTunes, but on Amarok it would be so).

Voice interfaces? No thanks (see my other comment about it).

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