Ive been around computers now for a very long time. My first personal computer was a Commodore VIC 20, my first game was Blitz. I used to load games with a datasette. Depending on where you left the game you sometimes had to re-wind the tape and then load the game. This took a lot of time so while this was happening you could have your bath, your dinner or run to the shops and pick up a 4 stone bag of spuds for the mother.
In those early days I did not have a floppy disc drive, that was too new and expensive technology in the home user market . Nor did I have a joy stick all I needed was my trusty space bar and keyboard to play games. That was the early 1980’s I was about 10 years old. I had to master all kinds of trouble shooting, rob extension leads from the garage and learn how to daisy chain the computer to the telly via the “Video Recorder“. You couldn’t leave the computer plugged in, it would burn the screen nor could we sit so close the Telly without the warning of square eyes from the mother or that your dad would be home soon to watch the news.
Over time I got lucky, I got a portable TV, it was black&white… it did the job. When I could I would hook up the Vic20 to the big telly. Not too long after that I got a disc drive, life was good we could load and save things quicker… that was only the beginning of innovation the PC era took off next came the Commedore 64, the Atari ST, the Amiga 128 (by this stage I have a colour tv)… Mircosoft DOS! Windows 3.1
Fast forward to today and we’ve got everything we could possibly need (I think). Have you seen the Minority Report? You know with Tom Cruise where he uses his hand to control computer. I remember watching that movie and thinking yep that’s it, the future of computer interaction. Now we have the Xbox, PS3 and Wii for all the gamers out there. Wouldn’t it be great not having to use a mouse or a track pad to use your computer?
Imagine being able to interact with your computer in an entirely new way. Control your desktop and apps through natural hand and finger movements interpreted instantly with remarkable accuracy.
There are millions of people worldwide who do not have the ability to use a mouse or keyboard due to physical limitations, this could be a huge benefit to them. Possibly the best thing to the computing world since the introduction copy & paste!
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