Cell Phone Interfaces?

by Moshe Yudkowsky

I'll be speaking at SpeechTek in the session "The Future of Speech." I'll present a few of my ideas on the future of speech interfaces.

But I need some help, folks. I would like to present a list of the current non-speech interfaces to cell phones, and the list seems rather short. Cell phones have keys, keypads, buttons, and joysticks. Some have Bluetooth-based virtual keypads, although I can't say I've seen one in use; and Apple's iPhone will have a touch screen. (Some cell phones have speech recognition interfaces, but I've rarely seen one in use.)

I'd like to include other up-and-coming interfaces for the cell phone, either commercially available or close to deployment. If you've a suggestion about a technology to mention, please let me know by leaving a comment here.


Imran Ali
2007-05-10 06:26:34
Hey Moshe - have you thought about some of the work Geovector and France Telecom have done on accelerometer enabled phones...kinda precursors to the iPhone's gesture capabilities.

Also, Oren Horav's Tactophone, from Ivrea, is a really interesting exploration of haptic surfaces as mobile UIs. Ping me if you want to know more about these projects.

Jim Tobias
2007-05-10 14:06:30
Don't forget redundancy -- having more than one user interface modality. That is, you should be able to dial by voice, keypad, and the 'recent' list. This benefits everyone, but especially people with disabilities.