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The way humans interact with devices is changing. In the past 12 months, two devices— the Apple iPhone and the Nintendo Wii—have fundamentally changed the way we interact with machines.

Kushan Mitra | Print Edition: Dec 02, 2007

 The way humans interact with devices is changing. In the past 12 months, two devices— the Apple iPhone and the Nintendo Wii—have fundamentally changed the way we interact with machines.

The latter has introduced a sense of ‘augmented’ reality with its revolutionary controller the ‘Wii-mote’, according to Andrew Chien, Vice President, Intel Research.

And this change is only going to accelerate in the next few years, says Chien, who gives a vision of a world with sensors where machines will be able to know what you are feeling, where you are and what you ‘might’ want at any point of time even as it acquires information relevant to you from the cloud of information we know as the internet. The information could range from being location-specific to even being mood-specific.

The American Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is known to have developed sensors that can sense mood based on the chemicals your body emits.

While this sort of world is both wonderful and a bit creepy, it might become a reality faster than you think. The devices of 2008, therefore, should have a few surprises in store. The mouse and keyboard might soon lose their three-decade long dominance.

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