The phenomenon of human interconnection dramatically increased in the last few years. One of the most significant contributors to this interconnection is the mobile technology. All of a sudden, people were able to reach each other without the obligation of sitting next to a wired telephone. Then people were able to text each on the go. Now, people can chat, text and see each other at the same time, although the distance of thousands of kilometers separating them from each other. All that was only possible, because of the great mobile technology inventions, like mobile phones, tablets, phablets and the correspondent mobile applications.
Nowadays, mobile technology is tremendously important like never before. Technology giants like Google, put a lot of effort and money in research and development of robots, smart and mobile technologies to serve humanity and define new ways of human-computer interaction. Besides, such technologies are great sources to accumulate tons of countless data about its users and tailor markets and industries according to customer preferences. Of course huge amounts of data like this serve the Big Data concept and gives Google endless power, but this is another story that will be tackled later on…
One of the latest technologies in the field of mobile technology are eye, gaze and head tracker. Many mobile phone companies try to integrate such features in their mobile phones to facilitate the interaction between user and device. Yet the available exemplars still offer room for optimization and development. Also the usage of new interaction spaces is high in trend. An example is the human skin or a solid surface, like a table. Yet, to do that it requires a small projector that projects the computer interface on the skin, or table and thus allows human interaction.
Other trends include for example wearables, like smart watches and “control” rings. The idea behind the rings will require a configuration with the device the user intends to interact with prior usage. Further examples would be touch points for mobile payment, smart glasses or QR-codes for information storage.
All these technologies are only few drops in huge ocean. Yet they do carry a great potential to change the world and our future interaction with it.
Currently, some scholars have their concerns regarding the social acceptability of such technologies. Taking for example, the head tracker! Well, try to imagine tilting or moving your head frequently to the left and to the right with different speed levels. Won’t this look a bit wired, if not sick? Plus, by the end of the day you will probably suffer from headache…so, again there is room for optimization.
Every year the International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (Mobile HCI or CHI) is held in a different city around the globe. The last event of 2014 took place in Toronto, Canada. There, different researchers, scholars and companies came together and shared their latest ideas regarding mobile human-computer interaction. In addition to that, many workshops in the same field are held.
P.S. This year 2015 the Mobile HCI will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark!