Mouse-free computing is something we’ve just begun to taste. We have touchscreens on many devices including tablets, phones, and e-readers. These let us access the web; send texts, and emails all without using a mouse. Is this the shape of things to come? Can we eventually leave the mouse in the dust and move on to more advanced ways of communicating with our computers?

Gesture sensing

Gesture sensing is one thing most gamers are familiar with. The PlayStation and Wii both use this technology. By using a wireless remote you can control the game using only body movements. This technology has not been perfected or widely applied to computing but imagine the possibilities. Perhaps in the future we will boot our computer by putting on a sensor bracelet and each and every little gesture we make will execute a task on our computer!

Multi-touch technology

Multi-touch technology is another interactive innovation. This is what is being applied whenever you tap your smartphone screen to access programs, or swipe your finger across the surface of your tablet to switch screens. In the past couple of years we have seen a lot of growth in this technology. Do you think this will end up being the primary way we navigate around our computers?

Voice recognition

This technology has been around for quite a while but has had lots of kinks. As these get resolved, it will continue to gain popularity. This technology allows people to simply speak commands to their computer to execute them. The most prevalent vendor for vocal recognition software is Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Once this technology is refined the possibilities for its utilization in computing are endless.

No matter what happens, though, the odds are that we’ll still rely, at least somewhat, on the humble mouse. All things considered, it has served us well for several years.