From gesture recognition to brain-computer interfaces to virtual humans, we break down the tech making human-machine interactions more seamless and intuitive.
The future of human-machine interactions (HMIs) will be built on key technologies such as:
- Brain-computer interfaces that improve tech accessibility and communication options, particularly for non-verbal patients.
- Gesture recognition technology that lets people use intuitive motions to interact with machines.
- Haptics that enable users to feel virtual environments, creating more natural, immersive experiences.
- Virtual humans that use avatar technology, facial expressions, and natural language to make human-machine interactions feel more like human-to-human interactions.
Below, we dive into these technologies: how they work, who has an edge, and how they’re shaping the future of human-machine interactions.
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What’s at stake?
Why it matters
Humans are interacting with machines more than ever before. Internet users worldwide spend an average of 7 hours a day on devices, according to GWI research. Beyond consumer devices like smartphones, smartwatches, virtual speakers, or gaming consoles, humans also interact with in-store kiosks, delivery drones, and even autonomous taxis.
As a result, companies that develop these devices are facing fierce competition, from tech giants to robotics startups. There is also growing competition among companies developing on-device experiences, from VR games to e-commerce platforms. Ultimately, products with the most intuitive, immersive, and inclusive interactions will win out.