[citation][nom]nebun[/nom]the mouse and keyboards are here to stay. personally i love the feel of a tactile keyboard and the click of a mouse, it makes it that much better[/citation]
It doesn't necessarily have to replace keyboards and mice. It can supplement them.
Now for a ridiculous yet hilarious idea - 3D audio visual motion capture passwords! Not only does someone have to look and sound exactly like you, but they have to perform the correct chicken dance too. Now that's security!
We love our keyboard and mouse because they've been associated with computers since the dawn of time. However, when you think about it, do it really make sense to tap our fingers on little plastic squares? Isn't there any other way to input our controls in a more natural and faster way?
Until motion, voice and thought controls reaches the efficiency of a keyboard and mouse, those peripherals are there to stay. But someday...
Not to tinfoil hat this topic but am I the only one who sees the parallels between Orwell's 1984 and the TVs with cameras in them to observe people and enforce the "laws" and kinect?
Watch the kinect promo videos and listen to the language being used to describe it's capabilities. It is awesome technology don't get me wrong but in an era where the government intelligence organizations can remotely activate the microphone on your cell phone, this just seems like a precursor to invasive monitoring and statistic gathering. (look at the kind of data kinect can gather about a user and you'll see what I mean)