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The keyboard and mouse combo maintain superiority for now

On June 17, 2011, we asked: Are you looking forward to a day when the standard way to interact with a computer does not involve a keyboard or a mouse? The answer, in a word, was no.

In a June 17, 2011, Microsoft Windows Blog post, I asked this poll question:

Are you looking forward to a day when the standard way to interact with a computer does not involve a keyboard or a mouse?

I was led to this poll question by the news that Microsoft had released a software developer's kit (SDF) for the Kinect. The idea was that developers would use the SDK to create new ways for human beings to interact with the PC. The "new ways" would involve movement and gestures rather than the standard keyboard and mouse.

As someone who uses the keyboard and mouse combination all day, every day, I was more than a little bit skeptical that gyrating commands to my PC would make me more productive. Less dignified, perhaps, but not more productive.

According to the poll results, I am part of the majority, and the keyboard and mouse combination is not exactly obsolete quite yet.

But even if you believe that the keyboard and mouse will be the primary interface with your personal computer for the foreseeable future, you have to admit that the potential for interface changes are on the horizon. Is there an interface innovation that you think has real potential? Touch mouse? Touch screens? Voice recognition? Direct neural implants?

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Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.

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