I think Microsoft Corp is on the way ahead in pushing technology forward to the next level. Hope you are well aware of Microsoft dreaming of developing a NUI (Natural User Interface) in the near future.
Microsoft has been investing in developing a natural user interface which works on gestures, speech and even touch for the past couple of years. Even, the research bore some fruits including Windows Phone 7, Microsoft Surface 2.0, Bing for Mobile and Office 2010 Mini Translator. Another thing is that, those who dwell in the Xbox 360 should have met Kinect for Xbox 360.This was another product which came in to limelight for its NUI features. Kinect for Xbox 360 incorporates facial recognition along with gesture-based and voice control.
Even though, Microsoft has achieved this much in NUI, it still believes that natural user interface is still in its premature stage and Microsoft is nurturing it in a multi dimensional way .If developed on proper channels, it can be very revolutionary in diverse domains like healthcare, education, and providing greater access for persons with disabilities.
In a video posted in Microsoft official blog, you can see Kinect and a number of other technologies, and hear from some of the brightest minds at Microsoft pushing this next frontier of technology forward. Steve Bathiche, who heads the Microsoft Applied Sciences Group and Andy Wilson of Microsoft Research is demonstrating a project called LightSpace. Curtis Wong shows the integration of Worldwide Telescope with Kinect, and underlines the fact that context is a very integral part of NUI.
Just like Microsoft, a large community of researchers, developers, customers including me and you is waiting to watch technology which we never though will come true!