There have been many implementations of gestural interactions with computers and data.
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Indeed, the hippest phone around, the iPhone is exciting mostly (and arguably) because it provides the ability to interact with information more realistically and naturally.
What we are missing is the ability of the information to then respond back realistically. Haptic feedback is the missing piece.
There are some attempts that are promising. we have had video game controllers that move and shake when you fire your gun or crash your car. This was taken to the next level at this year’s CES by D-Box. Their new Motion Control Chairs work with games, and Blue-Ray discs to provide an immersive experience.
We’ve tried holograms, but even the big splash on CNN was not real.
We need to bring all these aspects together so we can start having the experiences of the HoloDeck from Star Trek. I want to completely escape reality. Make my Second Life like my first life. Meat space is overrated, don’t you think?