The next generation of apps will require developers to think more of the human as the user interface. It will become more about the need to know how an app works while a person stands up or with their arms in the air more so than if they’re sitting down and pressing keys with their fingers.
Tables, counters and whiteboards will eventually become displays. Meeting rooms will have touch panels, and chalk boards will be replaced by large systems that have digital images and documents on a display that teachers can mark up with a stylus.
A TechCrunch article contains comments by Microsoft General Manager Jeff Han; Jim Spadaccini of Ideum, which makes large interactive displays; cyborg anthropologist Andrew Warner; Amber Case, co-founder of Geoloqi, the mobile, location-based company; and Matt May, an accessibility evangelist who works for Adobe.