Human-Machine Interfaces

Human-machine user interfaces (HMI) have evolved from system hardware controls to the graphical user interfaces of PCs, while smartphones and tablets have been dominated by touchscreen inputs.

As operating systems and content access converges across a broad spectrum of device categories, HMI rapidly expands to incorporate GUI, home screens, sensors and perceptual computing, voice and natural language, eye tracking, gestures and proximity, neural, location-awareness, and hybrid UIs that blend multiple interfaces to deliver entirely new experiences.

Mobile devices have been at the bleeding edge of UI innovation and are the impetus for reinventing data communications architecture. Other categories are adopting similar UI paradigms, including consumer electronics, connected vehicle, smart home, and IoT. The confluence of user experience across multiple categories will be the center of innovation in the next 10 years.

ABI Research’s Human-Machine Interface research service analyzes the key enabling technologies for the evolution of user experiences.


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