I got this pitch from the agency for digital marketing company Metia/Seattle. Metia/Seattle’s Vice President Andrew Martin has some thoughts on kids and how they are adapting to natural user interfaces and the impact it will have on the technology industry:
Tablets have proven to be extremely easy to use and adopt, as demonstrated by the volume of young children who play with them (did you see the viral video of the toddler who thought that a magazine was a broken iPad?). The impact of this is that children are being trained to use and understand Natural User Interface (NUI, i.e. touch, gesture, and voice navigation) from a very early age. This will lead to increased adoption and understanding of NUI best practices by this generation. The current generation of designers and developers were trained in a keyboard and mouse world and must adapt to a touch and gesture world… the latest generation of technology users won’t have any transition or learning curve – they will have a more ingrained understanding of NUI.
I agree. I think that is why things like Siri and Kinect are so disruptive and will have an impact on many technology business including Google and Facebook.