Goodbye Keyboard, Goodbye Mouse

Goodbye Keyboard, Goodbye Mouse

It’s gonna happen eventually…but when? When are we going to stop using these rudimentary tools – the computer keyboard and mouse. Just look at them. They look like they are straight out of the early 1900’s and well…they are.

At least, the keyboard is. The Keyboard has its roots in typewriter technology which was first in use in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Video terminals for computing along with keyboards were used in the 1970s. The mouse was first used for personal computers around 1984.

So here we are almost 30 years later and technology hasn’t changed a whole lot for computer input. Sure – I’ll admit that keyboard and mouse technology has changed a bit with optical mice, wireless keyboards and other minor advancements in technology. But I’m still punching keys to write this article and I’ll roll my mouse around my desk and click the buttons to post the article to this website.

Computer Keyboard

Motion Computing?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful for the keyboard and mouse and how they allow me to get my work done. I just often wonder when they will become obsolete and I won’t need them anymore. For as much work as I do on the computer, I’m looking forward to trashing the keyboard and mouse so I can move on to something greater, something more productive and maybe something that allows me to stand up and move around (think what Nintendo Wii did for video game consoles)

Thank You Hollywood Prophets

Sometimes I brainstorm about what might replace the keyboard and mouse. Thankfully, Hollywood has helped get my creative juices flowing. If you haven’t seen the movie Minority Report with Tom Cruise from 2002, check out the video below of the computer user interface in one of the movie’s scenes. Tom Cruise’s character is not using a keyboard or mouse but using glove to manipulate the data on multiple screens…pretty cool. Although he is not doing any input of text, this example does give a glimpse of what could possibly replace the mouse. It was a bit of foreshadowing to multi-touch screens that are now in use on touchscreen tablets and smart phones. I can only hope I have one of those hologram computers in my office in 10 years!

Is Speech Recognition the Answer?

There are some other hints in current technologies that point to the inevitable demise of the keyboard. Mainly, speech recognition software. I’ve never used speech recognition software extensively myself but everyone I’ve spoken to who has used it has not recommended it. I think it still has a long way to go in improvements before it can be used extensively. Luckily, the use of smart phones has been exploding and smart phones are demanding more efficient and productive speech recognition technology. With this spurring on of speech recognition technology, it’s likely that within the next decade, we will be speaking more than we type on our computers. The question is – how soon will we be able to dictate text and get an accurate recognition complete with correct grammar and punctuation all while maintaining the same speed or even increasing the speed of input? And not having to use your hands to type on the keyboard means your hands are free. So what will you do with your hands? Maybe you can put on a pair of those gloves in the Minority Report scene to do other work on your hologram screen.

Computer Mouse

So what??

So what difference does this make to you? Maybe none at all. But advances in technology have shaped the way we use our computers, phones, and internet and it’s interesting to think about what the next advances will be. For those who consider themselves early adopters of technology, you may be interested in finding these technologies well before they are used by the masses. Or maybe you’re an astute investor and can look for technology companies that are pioneering these technologies and invest in them (I take no responsibility for investment losses :).

Whatever you do with the information…think about it and let me know what you think. I’m interested in your thoughts and feedback. It’s 2012 as I write this so we’ll see if any of my mild predictions come true by the year 2022.

15 Responses to “Goodbye Keyboard, Goodbye Mouse”

  1. nikol says:

    What a great article.I am searching in Google from last couple of days about goodbye mouse.But i din’t find any great way.But Thanks to you.Because of you my journey came to an end.If you have information about this.I am very thankful to you.I will be keep in touch with your site.

  2. Aayna says:

    Technology is growing at a much higher pace than we can even imagine. I can do without a mouse, but I don’t know how will I survive, without a keyboard as I just love typing. Thanks for sharing this information.

  3. Nali says:

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  5. Aasma says:

    There could be some alternative in future, but as of now these two are very essential parts and you can’t do anything without them.

  6. Salman says:

    This is something I cannot live without as of now… As every other member says, even I can type quite faster than I think.

  7. Anri says:

    I am not looking forward to keyboards being discounted. It’s weird – but part of me feels like I can type much faster than I can think. Certainly I am much better at writing than I am at speaking. I think taking that away would mean taking the floor off under our feet for many writers whom I’m sure feel the same way. Speaking of advancements, my husband and I bought a couple of refurbished computers (little netbooks) and tried to do them up with phone operating systems, but honestly it didn’t really seem to work.

    • Ryan Bowman says:

      I know what you mean. It does seem like we can type faster than we think. But when you THINK about it, that’s impossible, we have to think before we type.

      I think there is a big difference between writing and spoken word. If speech recognition becomes popular for getting words written down, we will need to become better at speaking in a form that reads well. Make sense?

  8. Thomas says:

    I am not sure that I am ready to give up my mouse and keyboard yet, but it is for sure interesting with all the new features coming these days. I have a Playstaion 3 with motion controllers (Playstation Move) myself and it is a great lot of fun to be able to control a video game like that.

    • Ryan Bowman says:

      Yeah, Nintendo Wii was the innovator in motion controlling for gaming it seems. I’m sure that will play a part in the future of motion for personal computers. I’ve never used the Playstation Move but I assume it’s similar to Wii.

  9. vicky says:

    It seems the way things are changing, one day will eventually come when we get rid of keyboard and mouse. It will be an overwhelming change for many and it has to be seen how it is accepted by all. Very thoughtful article.

  10. cbhushan says:

    I love the idea of wireless networks but I have never had very much success with them. I am a huge gamer so the only real way to be is wired. Maybe someday they will get wireless to be closer to wired.

  11. Naser says:

    The title amazed me! It is hard to imaging a PC without a keyboard and a mouse. But new innovation is always better that old.

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