2 Responses to Can new technologies replace old ones?

  1. Bart Minne says:

    In the last few posts you talk about the effect of replacing the physical interaction with the 3D interaction. You state that the physical technology cannot be replaced by the 3D technology.

    I do not agree on this point:
    People are always able to adapt, our species has proven this during the last few millennia. It is easy to train a monkey but it is far more easy to train a human.
    In the early days of cinema people ran out scared because they toughed the train which was going towards the camera was actually going to hit them. Nowadays people are used to 3D movies with things happening around them. Even more, the 3D experience brings a new degree of interaction with the movie itself, giving the viewer a better experience.

    You stated that a person is only able to type fast when he/she can feel the keys on a keyboard. I’m only able to do that if I can feel the markings on the F and J key and indeed I fail at typing fast on a tablet without looking at the screen. But my 8 year old niece, who has grown up with the tablet, is able to type fast on the tablet without looking.

    I am convinced that any new technology can be learned, and that an optimal technology mix has to be found for each application. It is just a matter of getting used to it.

  2. Actually we state that physical interaction is one of the few things that can be replaced by a 3D camera (e.g. a sports game can make much better use of a 3D camera than of an ordinary controller).

    Adapting to things and things that feel natural are very different things, but they do relate. Very often we see that adaptation isn’t necessarily a good thing. A recent article I read (http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/are-tablet-ergonomics-a-pain-in-the-neck/) states that a tablet is an ergonomical misery. But apparently, we still incorporate it into our lives.

    Comparing you with your niece it like compare apples with pears! You should compare yourself on a tablet and on your phone. And you’ll notice the difference. I have a touch screen phone myself, and texting goes a lot slower!

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