My latest trend alert is about some of the most likely candidates for mainstream adoption of devices that will immerse users in their digital experiences much more than current technologies.


By Dennis Draeger

Virtual reality is back with better graphics, better hardware, and more applications. Several technologies will soon be released to the general market to further immerse mainstream users in their digital experiences while expanding the applications of virtual reality.

What is changing?

Microsoft is releasing a new Xbox with an enhanced Kinect that promises a faster response rate and more precise body tracking—reading fingers, facial expressions, and even the user’s heart rate. Although the Nintendo Wii introduced a mainstream audience to gesture control, Microsoft’s Kinect removed the controllers entirely and ignited more innovations from researchers as far afield as medical diagnostics and telepresence, and the new Kinect will likely enable more innovations through its improvements. Since the Kinect debut, several companies have offered similar devices such as Leap Motion that will allow users to control their PCs or other devices without a mouse, remote, or other controller. These…

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