Voice recognition less useful than 3D user interface, says Jakob Nielsen

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While reading for some other news, the serendipity factor stroke us one more time. Jakob Nielsen, the master of all user interfaces (pictured), got some words about voice recognition and its contribution to enhance current user interfaces.

“In predictions about computing’s future, voice interaction is a perennial favorite — it probably even beats 3D, which is the other top contender for most over-hyped UI technology. While voice has its place, it’s even less suitable than 3D for most everyday interactions because it’s a less data-rich channel and it’s harder to specify something in words than to choose it on a graphical display.”

Hopefully, 3D interfaces aren’t for tomorrow, which gives a chance for voice recognition technologies to mature into something more useful than just clever chat bots. Anyway, Mr. Nielsen just stressed those technologies could replace keypads (especially on mobile cellphones) and other slow current data exchange media.

Dec 18, 2006 | By Nuno

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