Chapter 30

A Word About Engineering


innovation, dominated, niche, assimilated, future, Wii, iPad, Kindle

The future ain't what it used to be.

—Yogi Berra


Bringing a new human-computer interaction paradigm to life is no easy task. The history of innovation is littered with products that were “ahead of their time." Often these “failed" innovations contained a number of innovative attributes that found their way into subsequent successful products. Alternatively, these innovations were successful in niche markets but did not reshape an entire industry. Some simply failed and were forgotten.

In a sense, NUIs stand at a crossroads, and three possible options loom ahead. The first option is that NUIs will become the next paradigm ...

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