We all know the keyboard and mouse are NOT the future of the Computer Human Interface (CHI), and it’s high time we found a replacement capable of generating critical mass. One device with the potential to play a role in the next generation interface is the Novint Falcon. Aptly named because of its predatory view of the mouse, we wrote the Falcon up when it was first announced in 2005, then released in 2007, and this week Dave Weinstein and Noel McKeegan sat down with Tom Anderson, Novint's CEO to discuss the future of the Computer Human Interface.
Novint was founded in 2000 after licensing technology developed by the US government at Sandia National Laboratories in 1995. The technology was originally developed for scientific visualization, and has been used for CAD, and medical applications.
The company sees the Falcon device as the next generation replacement for the desktop mouse and the offerings from Novint are continuing to evolve. The Falcon controller currently sports a ball style joystick and "gun handle" grips. The next controller adapter coming out will be a steering wheel for driving games, and will be available later this year.