Intro: Microsoft has acquired Canesta, the manufacturer of semiconductor chips capable of sensing movement and gestures in 3-D. The technology could be applied to everything from Windows 8 motion controls to its Xbox Kinect motion-sensing device.
My Take: Further towards NUI taking over (or here, complementing) GUI. But I stay interested by what Steve Jobs said while previewing Mac OS X Lion: screen touchpad is ergonomically unviable.
I agree, just watching the video gives me neck and shoulders-ache already…
So NUI will probably complement GUI (via a touchpad or touch gestures on a mouse, or screen for mobile devices, for Apple) before taking over. One of the key trends I highlight on DiCoDE – the future!