Today, the human-machine interface is evolving. New digital experiences are brought to life everyday. We bring you our favorite input methods and latest technologies that are helping to bring seamless digital interactions...

1. Natural Speech Recognition

There are entire businesses and product who promote natural speech recognition. It's been around for so long, you're probably wondering how it made this list. It's because it has so far to go, yet it is still readily adopted as an alternative input method by every modern smartphone user on the planet. Making Siri human is incredibly difficult. It's safe to say that we have never had in our hands, a reliable interaction with speech recognition. That is having a real conversation... And we think that we are just a few generations away from some fun and interesting adoptions and technological advancement in natural speech recognition. Just as important as the technology will be the design of these systems to integrate into our everyday lives.  

2. Gesture / Motion Sensing

Motion sensing/gesture technology has come a long way in the past few years with Leap Motion and Kinect platforms at the top of our list. On the one hand, motion sensing feels like a natural step forward to create a more integrated digital and physical world.  On the other hand, it's just not there yet. Still, what we can do today is highly impressive, and with these platforms being accessible and developer friendly, getting in is easier than ever. There are some heavy-hitting, inspiring applications for motion sensing in the gaming sector. But mass adoption feels far out. We think the primary reason that gesturing is so hard to adopt is that the interactions and behaviors required to engage with the system are invisible and highly complex. Although motion sensing is supposed to feel natural, it certainly does not feel that way now.  

3. Virtual Reality

Every consumer electronics company worth their salt is exploring virtual reality. It's time to throw away those 3d glasses and try a VR set. One of the most popular sets at this time is the Oculus Rift. Steady but still experimental. We believe in VR because it's fun and we are far from the only ones. To be honest, we are afraid for the industry. It's clearly at a critical point in it's evolution. VR can quickly turn from a potentially ubiquitous consumer electronic to gimmicky at best.

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4. Ambient Connected Objects

That up there is the Kohler Numi Toilet. It's as much awesome as it is absurd. Smart everything! We talk a lot about connected objects on this blog and it's for a good reason. Many technologists see the connected world as the next industrial evolution. And they are not far off. Practically, everything you have in your house can be re-imagined. From the lighting, to the appliances, to security, etc... But it's not only in the home, how about your car, the gas store, your office, your desk, your pen. Every business that produces any product in any sector needs to consider connecting their products as a critical technology investment in the next few years (2014). That's it! Those are our top three input methods to watch out for.  Contact us to start integrating these input methods into your products or create an amazing campaign featuring the technologies we've mentioned today. Stay tuned for more examples and guides from Sharp+Nimble.

Technologies And Platforms That Enable New Digital Experiences

Today, the human-machine interface is evolving. New digital experiences are brought to life everyday. We bring you our favorite input methods and latest technologies that are helping to bring seamless digital interactions…

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