The Next Generation of Software: Leveraging Natural User Interface Technology to Deliver Improved User Experience

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For more than 30 years developers have been building software for small computers like the PC. Now a reinvigorated focus on user experience with rich client and rich internet application (RIA) developer technologies have created even greater opportunities for the creation of awesome applications. When you couple that with the advent of multi-touch capable hardware at consumer prices and the high level .NET APIs to leverage multi-touch capabilities,we have the start of the new age of software focused on the Natural User Experience (NUI). NUI applications manifest in “new” platforms and developer technologies such as Windows 7,Surface,Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF),Windows Phone and Microsoft Silverlight and all can leverage innovative capabilities like Multi-touch,Cloud and Parallel computing. But,NUI is more than just multi-touch. NUI is also gesture-based interfaces using the Kinect tracking full body movement,facial expressions,and voice recognition with precision. And within the decade NUI will be Neural based interfaces (both conscience and non-conscience). This demo-focused session takes an amusing look at the past and an impressive look at some of the best software being built today and into the immediate future that leverages the Natural User Interface. This session demonstrates how multi-touch enabled applications can be used in multiple vertical industries to improve the communication,education,collaboration,and experience overall across the software continuum.

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