As we all begin to look forward to the interactive section of South By South West this March, PSFK has identified five key trends that readers should be monitoring during the festival. One of these trends, we have coined ‘Sonic Interface.’
The pervasiveness of electronics in virtually every aspect of daily life has prompted designers to rethink the way that people interact with their devices and the world around them. The next evolution of natural user interfaces sees voice and audio recognition technologies capable of reacting to spoken commands and audio cues, enabling people to perform a wider variety of instant, hands-free operations from searching for information to surfing the channels. Future advances in this technology point to emerging applications in areas ranging from security to personal health care.
One pertinent example of this trend that continues to come up in our research is voice-controlled electronics.
The South Korean electronics company LG has developed a TV remote control that can recognize simple voice commands. Utilizing Apple’s Siri technology, while speaking to the Magic Remote, users can search for online content, configure settings and control certain features. The voice-recognition technology will be an add-on to the current motion-gesture remote control. In addition, LG ‘s Magic Motion remote works similar to the Nintendo Wii where users can use certain hand and arm gestures to operate the onscreen menus.
Other Manifestations of the Sonic Interface trend:
People to follow around the Sonic Interface trend:
Steve Clayton: Steve works with people across all levels of Microsoft in order to figure out what’s coming next in the tech world and how the company can best utilize and incorporate that info. @stevecla
Click here to check out PSFK’s guide for SXSWi, to help you to continue following the Sonic Interface Trend.