New UI: A Revolution in User Interface

In today’s digital era, we are forced to communicate back and forth through a user interface that had its last great leap in 1984, with Apple’s graphical user interface. Many of us are now acutely feeling the lack of bandwidth in the speed at which we can communicate with a computer.

For the greater levels of productivity demanded by our complex business world, we need to push our interaction with machines to something better.

Achieving this breakthrough means a complete rethink of the interplay between humans and machines. Most importantly, machines must facilitate, enable, and encourage humans to collaborate in ways that simply weren't previously possible. So what does the next generation of user interfaces look like?

Features of a new UI:

Spatial

Allowing machines to understand their surroundings, will give them the ability reference objects and locations in a way that is familiar to the user.

Scalable

This will allow a user to interact on a single screen, or inside a room painted with a half billion pixels.

Distributed

New UI doesn’t stop at the physical edge or computational boundary of a single device, so you can interact across a continuum of different devices.

Multi-user

The new UI must support seamless collaborative activity for working with others in a group setting.

A single mouse and screen is the antithesis to collaboration.

A truly revolutionary interface frees up information to move in natural three dimensional space rather than in two dimensions, allowing for better work and fluid collaboration. At Oblong, we believe a truly revolutionary user interface will open boundless environments for sharing and analyzing data; a landscape that feels more like the human world than the machine world and will allow information to move in natural three dimensional space.

Architecture is the canvas for visual immersion. Oblong's human machine interface (HMI) is based on the unique capabilities of g-speak, our proprietary spatial operating environment.

g-speak is the only operating system in the world that naturally captures space in three dimensions, with each pixel defined by x, y, and z values.

“New technologies are disrupting user interface, creating natural, intuitive interactions between humans and personal devices.”

—Gartner