Scott Berkun’s tangent off John Gruber’s wistful piece about the Apple Newton is flat out wrong. The future of UI is here already, and it is anything but boring. 10/GUI was announced several months ago, and SixthSense has been under development for a while. Both have the potential to revolutionize how we use computing power. The former replaces the ubiquitous desktop mouse, while the latter makes the iPhone seem antiquated and clunky. While neither will be available by Christmas 2010, gestures are invading our computing experience. Apple continues to execute on its long-term plan by introducing more and more gesture recognition in every new model of laptop and mouse. Designers who are not already thinking about how to effectively use the expressive power of systems like 10/GUI and SixthSense will probably find themselves out of work by 2020.
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