Microsoft Research just showed a prototype of how our office walls might look like in the future, based on their Microsoft Surface thoughts – having surfaces around us become part of our lives.
The system is based on cameras, microphones and touchscreens and works a lot like the systems you would have seen in movies such as Minority Report and Total Recall. You can move files around on your wall, transfer pictures from your mobile device by placing it on the wall and even scan documents directly on the wall itself.
There’s no such thing as a keyboard or mouse – everything is done by speech and touch. The Digital Assistant Guide (DAG) is there to help and assist you. I can’t help to wonder how many real assistants/secretaries will lose their job over a virtual assistant?
In the video presentation below, pay attention at around 5:07, when Patricia pushes two of the files away. She has this “holy cow, it actually worked!”-kinda look on her face, or maybe she just thought that she hit the guy with the two files 🙂
I guess, after all those years of sitting down, getting fatter and fatter, it seems that we finally need to get in shape as the future will require us to stand up a lot more while working! For a system like that, I’ll be happy to start getting in shape starting tomorrow 🙂 – what about you, want one of those systems? Leave a comment below!