A recent article on the BBC Highlighted a possible direction that future interactive tech can take, touchless control. there are multiple organizations working towards making the world a little more si-fi(A.K.A like minority report), like google and project Soli or the St Andrews Computer Human interaction research group (SACHI). The common way to accomplish this through the use of radar tech. The same tech they use in airplanes and submarines is to be used in touchless control as a way of understanding positioning of the fingers and discerning the finger positioning. The tech has already come a long way according to Dr. Tom Carter, co-founder of the Bristol based tech company Ultrahaptics. Ultrahaptics is also working a tactile feel for your touch. they have been working on using sound waves (too high a frequency for us to hear) to give the users of their technology physical sensation upon interactions.
This touchless tech would have a good variety of uses in the modern world. Reducing the number of times one has to come in contact with a touch screen would undoubtedly help reduce the spread of infectious diseases, especially if this tech is applied in public places like the library or in a restaurant. You would no longer be need to touch tech to fully interact with it, after all our phones have more germs than our toilet seat. Who wants to touch someone’s toilet seat to order a sandwich?
Another benefit of this tech is how darn cool it is. It is like Minority Report (2002) without the Tom Cruse. This could have a lot of benefits for the workplace as well. Being able to freely interact with tech without a keyboard or mouse would lead to a lower rate of office work related injury. Less carpal tunnel more interactivity… What could be better? Probably real hover boards. Read the whole article at the BBC website https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47400209