Pointing at Things

Posted here (week 2364).

Nine years ago I got the Apple TV wrong:

I cannot imagine Apple adopting a discretely-shifting-focus UI akin to DVD menus…

That’s exactly what they did, of course. With more style and some polish that lends the feel of a cursor.

Now, Brent Simmons has brought the issue up and makes a simpler and more durable prediction: our world of computing interfaces will continue to have indirect as well as direct manipulationI specify “manipulation” because voice may become commonplace but suits different contexts than interacting with pseudo-physical UIs. interfaces. I think this will hold true even in virtual or augmented reality.