What is natural user interface (NUI)?

You may have heard the term NUI or natural user interface tossed around. It refers to a computer interface that is devoid of peripherals such as a keyboard or mouse.  Instead the human body is used to interact with the computer.  If the idea seems abstract, think about the movie Minority Report…


Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect is probably the most well known device that currently offers the opportunity to use NUI.  Its latest version recognizes a user’s body movements, facial gestures, voice inflection and even heart rate.  From an educational perspective, this opens the door for many interesting implementations.  This can allow for a possible multi-sensory educational experience unlike any we’ve seen before.  Students can operate with the learning modality that best suits them. The potential positive outcome of increased confidence in educational endeavors could change the academic trajectory of many students; particularly those with learning disabilities or many on the autistic spectrum.  There are obvious challenges to overcome such as cost, expertise and proper implementation, to name a few.  But that doesn’t mar the endless possibilities that such engaging, intuitive technology presents.

Kinect physical education pt. 2…GANGNAM STYLE!!!!

This is a follow up to my last post about using Kinect to get the children (and you) some much needed exercise while at home or on vacation from school or snowed in.  I would be remiss if I didn’t include the number 1 song and dance craze of 2012…Gangnam Style!!


Its the middle of winter break and its snowing but we still need Phys Ed. Kinect to the rescue!

Every parent has been there.  There are still 5 days left during winter break.  Your child(ren) is(are) driving you crazy because there is a snow storm outside and they have enough built up energy to power a small 3rd world nation.  You hear the second glass vase of the day break in the next room and the thought crosses your mind to toss them out into the storm and test that fortitude that they have been cultivating since their toddler years (thank goodness the angel on your left shoulder convinces you not to do it).  So what can you do???  Well, if they were lucky enough to get and XBOX 360 Kinect from Santa, reprieve is not far away.  Microsoft has created wonderful games to help them (and YOU) burn off some of that energy (or turkey, mac & cheese, pie, cake, etc.).  One can dance, play, exercise or fight until they are pretty darn burnt out.  Check out some of the videos below…