Is natural voice the future? What's now?
I donít want a natural voice interaction with my mobile devices. Not yet anyway. Natural voice is great, just speak and thereís whatever you wanted. Weíre nowhere near that point anyway. So in the meantime, Iím quite enjoying gestures. Phones today are very capable of gestures and slick, sleek user interfaces, yet Iím always seeing boxy UIís, boxy buttonsÖbuttons, buttons, buttons and more buttons. Buttons are the past, there is so much you can do by swiping and drawing now, bring on the gestures. My favorite apps are all gesture based apps and the more I find the happier Iíll be, the more Iíll enjoy my experience and the more likely Iíll be to spend more money on it.
My top three favorite apps on my iPhone right now are Tapatalk 2, Haze and Mailbox. Mailbox is limited to Gmail currently but it offers such a great user experience by being mostly gesture based, you can get your email anywhere you want simply by swiping. As far as Tapatalk 2, it currently doesnít support multi-quote, landscape orientation or moderator options, but they are all coming and it is mostly gesture based as well. It is so much better than the boxy V1 itís unreal, select your forum and a menu drops down, select where you want to go, and you can swipe to mark as read or subscribe, and you can swipe the forum screen away to get back to your forum list or main menu. Haze, wow, ninety nine percent gesture based and the most efficient use of space Iíve ever seen in an app. You have your main screens, swipe to any of them, tap on the icon to see more options and even the background is informative based on the indicative nature of its movement.
Gestures are fun, they are engaging, and they can be expanded to do so much more if people took the time. Natural voice on the other hand and itís no longer as interactive, yes it will talk back and you could probably have conversations, but the touch aspect would be gone. Youíre replacing an important part of human interaction with a lesser form of interaction. Words are the worst form of communication, why would you base your entire interaction with such an intimate device on it? Now if you could go one hundred percent gesture based touch and have natural voice at its optimal, then you have the ultimate interactive device. But while natural voice is being worked on, letís perfect gestures and really engage people to use their devices and have fun using them. Add it to things that help or make people learn and they will have such a fun time doing it they wonít realize how much theyíve actually learned. Gestures are now, gesture and voice is the future.