"Everything will be a computer, Gates says"
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Everything will be a computer, Gates says
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>> Recognition is coming. I see it as part of the
overall framework where being able to touch and
manipulate things like Serpas or iPhone, being able to
sense where things are, like the Nintendo Wii in the
gaming space. But that natural interface is quite
broad. The screens are everywhere, you won't have a
white board. It will be an intelligent screen. You
won't even have a mirror, it will be an intelligent
screen that of course you can see yourself, you can see
other things as well. That pervasiveness combined with
cameras that can do vision, the pens that can do ink,
the microphones that connect up to speech recognition,
the office environment will look quite different. The
round table is a great example of the start of that.
Where it's got many cameras, many microphones, and
software that is telling who's talking and can create a
wonderful remote meeting experience because of that.
>> And you talked about, you know, the desk, you know,
today we have conference tables. That actually being
your computer, perhaps, like surface. Do you think some
of these things are right around the corner, a little
ways -- which of these sort of natural language
interfaces do you see happening sooner and which are
going to take more time?
>> Well, for dictation where you're not using the
keyboard but you're talking to a document, we've got a
lot of users who don't like the keyboard or are unable
to use it. We're finding that very attractive right
now. The idea of taking your desk and putting the
computer in the surface type of thing, or that E room
table, we need to bring the cost of that down, but we
have the product. Will ship next year, 2008, into
retailers, where making the experience a lot more
engaging is very high value for them. And so we have
hardware technology that's going to bring that down so
it can be in every desk, it can be in every table, it
can be in every white board, every mirror. And so it
will give us a five to ten year timeframe, and we'll
wonder why our tables used to just sit there and not do
anything for us.
>> Do you think it will be the same with the PC. I
mean, will we have, you know, touch in every PC fairly
soon. I mean, it seems both with surface and with the
iPhone, people definitely grove on the idea.
>> Oh, touch is great. And we have some partners who
are building touch into Windows-based PCs at fairly low
cost. And so the software is helping you get at that
and start using that. You know, the -- the idea of
touch in one place versus touching in multiple places,
really having a camera that can recognize what's going
on. There will be different levels of it. But the
basic touch capability, I think, will actually be quite
pervasive in Windows PCs.
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