Intelligent Machines

A Look at the Best Computer Interfaces

Say goodbye to the mouse and hello to augmented reality, voice recognition, and geospatial tracking.

Apr 6, 2009
The command line on a computer running Gento Linux.
An early computer mouse made by Mindset of Japan.
The touchpad on the Apple Air laptop, capable of sensing multiple points of contact.
Microsoft’s Surface is an example of a multitouch screen.
A gesture-sensing interface from Oblong Industries.
A haptic interface called the PHANTOM used for 3-D modeling.
Wikitude for Google’s Android phones is an example of augmented reality.
INap tracks a user’s geographical movement to alert her before she reaches her train or bus stop.
A brain-computer gaming interface sold by Neurosky.