If you’ve never heard of Jeff Han or his company Perceptive Pixel you’re out of the loop. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2008. However, odds are you have no idea who he is or what he does.
How you interact with computers will change DRAMATICALLY during your lifetime. Think outside the mouse and keyboard for a second. Should your computer interface really consist of a finite number of buttons physically fixed in place.
In normal life, when you want something that’s sitting on a desk you reach for it. You don’t grab a mouse, maneuver a pointer to a specific location and click on it. We’ve just worked with computers for so long that we’ve forgotten how unnatural it really is. Technology innovators are increasingly “putting the world” into computer systems but we still interact with the virtual world in very unnatural ways.
That is exactly what Jeff Han and his company are fixing. They are reinventing how we interact with computers.
Average Joe has no interest in learning the intricacies of using a computer. There are so many different types of programs and systems out there, that the need to constantly learn different interfaces is a challenge. If interactions more closely matched our natural, tactile approach to the world, learning curves would be shorter and adoption rates would increase among those who are less technically inclined.
Just watch the video, it’s very impressive. Enjoy.