Someone on my Twitter stream (sorry, I can’t remember who and I’m too lazy to search!) posted a URL to a promotional video by Corning Glass. Yes, it promotes glass and all the uses to which it will be put in the future. But in doing so they illustrate where technology is likely headed in terms of how we will be interacting with computers. I fully admit that I’m a fool for these kinds of videos. I love thinking about what cool new gadgets will be coming in our future.
Although they highlight some pretty astonishing things (such as flexible glass — who knew?), their vision lacks the kind of break-the-mold kinds of computer interactions that Microsoft envisions. Perhaps because they make glass, they still want to see fingers on glass. Me? I’d rather not touch the thing if I don’t have to. Maybe blink at it or nod my head or — dare I say it? Thumb my nose. Now that’s innovation.