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Control Your Apps Without Your Finger

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the windex-votes-no dept.

Handhelds 119

VincenzoRomano writes "You won't need to swipe your fingers over smallish touch screens. You'll move your arms, hands and fingers (or whatever else applies) in the air or shake the handset. The phone camera(s), the G-sensor, the compass and so on will be used by a software to understand the gestures and to translate them into control commands. This breakthrough comes from a company called GestureTek, a non-startup company in this field." I love the idea of my screen no longer being smudged. I hate the idea of people doing this on a bus.

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*yawn* (2, Insightful)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695334)

I love the idea of my screen no longer being smudged.

Oh no! You have to spend all of 3 seconds to wipe off your screen occasionally.

Re:*yawn* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30696200)

Yeah, or if you weren't such a greasy dirtbag, your screen would stay clean...

Re:*yawn* (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 4 years ago | (#30697154)

Hmm...I can see it now.

In the new Star Treck movies series, when Kirk wants to start the destruction sequence for the Enterprise, rather than starting out with "Computer, this is Captain James Kirk of the USS Enterprise. Destruct sequence one, code: 1-1-A."

He'll just do the Hokey-Pokey [wikipedia.org] ...

I'm loving it. (3, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695338)

(Gets bag of popcorn, sits on park bench)

This ought to be amusing.

Re:I'm loving it. (1)

DJRumpy (1345787) | more than 4 years ago | (#30696174)

Imagine what you could accomplish doing the 'funky chicken' in front of your phone...

Re:I'm loving it. (3, Funny)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#30696508)

** Order confirmed. Your 4,000 chicken pot pies will be delivered tomorrow. Your mobile account has been charged. Thanks for ordering from Kentucky Funky Chicken **

Re:I'm loving it. (5, Funny)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#30696482)

Back when Bluetooth first came out, we used to play the game "Wireless Headset or Missed His Meds", where we'd watch someone walk down the street talking to himself and try to figure out if he was using a headset or just talking to himself.

This adds a whole new dimension to the game.

"He's not shaking his phone up and down, he's masturbating on a porn page"

I can see the marketing song for this, to the Village People's "YMCA":

"Young man! Want to open that app?
I say.
Touch Screen! covers your screen with crap,
so now,
Gestures!, keep your hands off your screen,
and then,
your...
phone...
will...
stay...
so...
clean...

Open your apps to the Y! M! C! A!
Dance, tap, and shake your phone the touchless way.

You can open an app,
your phone stays free of crap,
you can stay in great shape
and then you, can, wave, like an ape...

Re:I'm loving it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30696964)

Are you in internet marketing?

Re:I'm loving it. (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 4 years ago | (#30697182)

Back when Bluetooth first came out, we used to play the game "Wireless Headset or Missed His Meds", where we'd watch someone walk down the street talking to himself and try to figure out if he was using a headset or just talking to himself.

There's was actually a fairly brilliant ad here in Canada for Rogers -- a cable and cell phone company.

They show this little old lady with a walker going down the road, apparently talking to herself, and saying all sorts of strange things and getting the corresponding strange looks. (For example, as she passes by the mailman she's saying "Oh, you look pretty in that dress".)

At the end of the commercial they flip around to show a different view than we've seen of her, and she's wearing a blue-tooth headset and talking to her grand daughter.

A damned funny commercial, and definitely ties into the "Wireless Headset or Missed His Meds" you referenced. I've only recently stopped assuming people are slightly mad when I see them talking to themselves -- unless, I'm right downtown that is. Then you need some other visual clues to try to sort out if you need to cross the street or not. :-P

Cheers

Re:I'm loving it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30697010)

Absolutely! It'll be more fun than watching people "talk to themselves" as they walk down the street or down the grocery store aisle!

Re:I'm loving it. (1)

aztracker1 (702135) | more than 4 years ago | (#30697688)

I have to agree, it's like Earth: Final Conflict's interfaces for the shuttles.

Sounds tiring (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695346)

Why would anyone think it would be easier to control a device with big unwieldy arms instead of small light dexterous fingers? Also, I have 2 arms and 10 fingers, seems like I could get a lot more done with the fingers.

Re:Sounds tiring (3, Interesting)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695368)

You'll notice they mention arms, hands AND fingers in the full summary.

Meaning it will also read the gestures of your fingers.

Making it essentially a non-touch touch screen.

Re:Sounds tiring (2, Interesting)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695436)

Making it essentially a non-touch touch screen.

So thus negating the whole point of having a touchscreen in the first place?

Re:Sounds tiring (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695544)

You won't need to swipe your fingers over smallish touch screens

Thats what the first sentence seems to implicate.

Re:Sounds tiring (1, Interesting)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695640)

No, certainly not. This is just the next logical progression of mouse/pointer -> touch screen -> gestures above the screen. Too many people here are thinking "Wii," but that's not it: think "iPhone" without having to touch the screen. I'm no Apple fanboy, but I think Apple has already foreseen this by adding the G-force sensor in the iPhone/iPod Touch; I think they just haven't moved on it yet because they're waiting to see what other vendors are coming up with. I predict the next iteration of the iPhone will include technology along these lines.

Re:Sounds tiring (1)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695706)

No, certainly not...think "iPhone" without having to touch the screen.

So what's the point of having a touchscreen if you never touch it?

Re:Sounds tiring (1)

kkwst2 (992504) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695954)

Well if you never touch it, then you wouldn't need it, cutting down on cost. However, I'm betting it couldn't completely replace it, but supplement. It would be nicer, for instance, to scroll without your tubby fingers obstructing the screen. But selecting icons or text would still probably need touch. I remember some videos a few months back of a prototype device in which you controlled it from the back and it projected shadows of your fingers onto the screen. That seemed pretty clever and might work for selecting.

Re:Sounds tiring (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695968)

EXACTLY

Re:Sounds tiring (1)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 4 years ago | (#30696024)

Did you read what I responded to? morgan greywolf was telling me that this didn't negate having a touchscreen but then went on to say that it means you never touch the touchscreen. I was just trying to get clarification on this obvious discrepancy.

Re:Sounds tiring (1)

Garble Snarky (715674) | more than 4 years ago | (#30696660)

I get complaints about being overly pedantic all the time, but this is really something. It's like asking "whats the point of having a pointing/clicking touchscreen interface similar to a mouse interface, but without having the mouse?".

The point is that you have an interface similar to the iphone touchscreen interface (hopefully better in some way), with a different type of hardware. Just as there are situations where a touchscreen is better than a mouse, or vice versa, there also MIGHT be situations where a touch-less gesture interface might be the best. Let's let them sell this product and we'll find out.

Re:Sounds tiring (1)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 4 years ago | (#30696982)

I get complaints about being overly pedantic all the time, but this is really something. It's like asking "whats the point of having a pointing/clicking touchscreen interface similar to a mouse interface, but without having the mouse?".

Except that morgan greywolf said both that this wouldn't negate the need for a touchscreen but then went on to talk about having an iPhone where you didn't touch the screen.

Re:Sounds tiring (1)

multisync (218450) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695854)

This is just the next logical progression of mouse/pointer -> touch screen -> gestures above the screen.

Great.

Let me know when I can plug a keyboard in to it.

Re:Sounds tiring (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695818)

This sounds a lot like the control mechanism for radios on the Heart of Gold, where you wave your fingers in the general direction of the device and hope you get something good.

Re:Sounds tiring (1)

steelfood (895457) | more than 4 years ago | (#30696416)

These aren't the droids you're looking for.

Re:Sounds tiring (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 4 years ago | (#30696250)

You'll notice they mention arms, hands AND fingers in the full summary.

More correctly: One finger, one thumb, one hand, keep moving.

Here's leaked documentation for the device: http://www.scoutsongs.com/lyrics/onefinger.html [scoutsongs.com]

The next release will include support for legs: http://bussongs.com/songs/hokey_pokey.php [bussongs.com]

Re:Sounds tiring (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30696962)

> I have 2 arms and 10 fingers, seems like I could get a lot more done with the fingers.

I'm sure there is a 'your mom' joke in there somewhere!

Wait, I still have to move? (1)

gimmebeer (1648629) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695350)

I thought this was 2010. Where's my mind control? Fail.

Re:Wait, I still have to move? (5, Funny)

Spad (470073) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695584)

Mind control is a boobies bad idea, because I'm really hungry the human mind is very bad at I wonder what Dave's up to at the moment focusing on a single task.

Re:Wait, I still have to move? (4, Funny)

quantumplacet (1195335) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695656)

despite what most psychologists these days seem to claim, not everyone has ADD. some of can focus on thing at a titties.

Re:Wait, I still have to move? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30698488)

http://xkcd.com/604/

This one says it all.

Re:Wait, I still have to move? (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695666)

I thought this was 2010. Where's my mind control? Fail.

Not to worry. We have that.

Thanks,
The CIA

So everyone will soon look like (5, Funny)

Cornwallis (1188489) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695376)

Elaine dancing?

Re:So everyone will soon look like (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30695554)

or an italian

Re:So everyone will soon look like (0, Troll)

Max(10) (1716458) | more than 4 years ago | (#30696686)

Elaine dancing?

Only when rearranging the desktop icons. Here's a list of the most common gestures:
- raise arm and perform air-wipe over icon = launch application
- raise arm all the way up and perform slam-dunk motion = close application in active window
- perform one finger salute motion = shutdown -p now
- raise both arms, look up as if asking "Why, God, why?", drop arms and shake head = restart Microsoft Windows after a hard reset

Re:So everyone will soon look like (1)

interploy (1387145) | more than 4 years ago | (#30696740)

Got a point... People who talk on the phone with those earbud headsets already look crazy if you can't see the headset. What are we supposed to think of people waving their arms about for no apparent reason or waggling their fingers at their phones like they're a magician? "Abra-cadabra! Call my mom."

Re:So everyone will soon look like (2, Insightful)

Cornwallis (1188489) | more than 4 years ago | (#30697022)

Remember not too many years ago people acting like this on the street were institutionalized. Now it is acceptable behavior in some eyes.

gesture (4, Funny)

CSHARP123 (904951) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695422)

Showing middle finger to open an app on iPhone (There should be already one) on the bus and suddenly I am arrested for obscene gesture. Stop this nonsense now

Re:gesture (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30695688)

What if you link your penis to opening your email inbox?

"Honestly, officer, I was just trying to check my email. I wasn't flashing my penis at old grannies. Here, see for yourself. It's the latest in technology from Apple! It puts the whole Information Superhighway at the tip of your penis!"

Re:gesture (2, Funny)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#30696920)

I'd say urine big trouble, mister!

Re:gesture (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695832)

In what dark age country are you arrested for “obscene gestures”?? Not even in the USA can it be that bad, can it?

Re:gesture (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 4 years ago | (#30696000)

Well if you do it to a Cop you might.

Re:gesture (2, Insightful)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#30696950)

Unfortunately, there are places in the US that still have obscenity laws, which cover naughty words and obscene gestures. People can be, and have been, arrested for violating such laws.

Re:gesture (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30697586)

Arrests, perhaps. But such laws would never hold up to a Constitutional challenge.

The situation is quite different in other countries; Beleidigung is a real offense in Germany.

Re:gesture (1)

noidentity (188756) | more than 4 years ago | (#30696736)

Hand gesture recognition? I seem to remember an early prototype of this [nesfanz.com] a while back.

More effort required (4, Insightful)

ickleberry (864871) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695426)

I'm willing to bet that using such a device will require more effort to use than say a trackball or mouse.

Trackball - move your fingers
Mouse - move your hand
Touch screen / gesture thing - move your arm
Motion based gaming thing - move everything

Sure all these gesture things are great for games and helping fatties lose weight but for ordinary folk who actually need to use it for a large part of their day it will just cause gorilla arm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorilla_arm#Gorilla_Arm [wikipedia.org]

Re:More effort required (1)

ByteSlicer (735276) | more than 4 years ago | (#30696076)

Now the phone also has to guess when you're gesturing to control it, or just gesturing while you're talking (or just moving in general).

Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30695434)

"You won't need to swipe your fingers over smallish touch (areas). You'll move your arms, hands and fingers (or whatever else applies) in the air or will shake the handset. The phone camera(s), the G-sensor, the compass and so on will be used by a software to understand the gestures and to translate them into control commands. This breakthrough comes from a company called GestureTek, a non-startup company in this field."

I thought you only needed a finger to activate the G-sensor. I wonder if this new technology will worth with other body parts, such as tongues. I think it's wonderful that by interfacing with the G-Sensor, you can get your entire phone to vibrate wildly.

Control apps with your ass! (3, Funny)

FlyingBishop (1293238) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695438)

I've got a brand new, incredibly innovative input method for your touchphone! Simply put the phone in your back pocket, and sit on it. Then my revolutionary new AssSwiper (TM) will translate certain butt movements into commands on your phone. Want to skip that song? Just shift your weight back and forth a few times. You'll never use your phone the same way again!

Re:Control apps with your ass! (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#30696544)

Yeah, but then you have to fart and end up skipping to a new album. No, thanks.

Frustration (1)

domatic (1128127) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695446)

And when I commit the crime of the millenium and want to hear news reports about myself I'll be waving my hands frantically around it.....at least until my girlfriend gets sick of it and chucks a pencil through the on/off space.

"Non-startup"? (1)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695474)

What, pray tell, does that mean? They had to start up at some point. Or do they just mean "we're on the up and up, honest, guvnor, we're not some fly by night outfit, nosiree, we've been around ages"? In which case calling attention to it has a shade of "the lady doth protest too much".

Re:"Non-startup"? (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695984)

Obviously it means they aren't a "startup company", so they have existed for a long enough to not be considered a startup anymore.

Since the company isn't the one using the term "non-startup" it seems just a tad excessive to look down on them because some random internet poster used a couple of words when talking about them.

Re:"Non-startup"? (1)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 4 years ago | (#30697080)

My bad, I had assumed that a term like "non-startup" could only have dropped in from someone's PR department. For that kind of lingo to spawn by itself in the wild terrifies me.

Uh... Bad idea. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30695488)

Once the software is enabled, users can shake, rock or roll their phone to play games, answer calls, shuffle playlists, navigate maps, scroll, pan, zoom, turn pages and even browse the web – all without pressing a button or touching the screen.

Wow, that is possibly the most idiotic idea for interface design I have ever read. It looks like this makes it incredibly easy to roll your phone and accidentally call your boss.

Also, if I am reading something I don't want to take my eyes off it while my device "rocks and rolls" to turn the page.

All in all, this is definitely not well thought out. Gesture technology was cool when touchscreens sucked, but now that touchscreens are good, gestures are good addons (Such as the rotate on the iphone, still even that is sometimes annoying).

The bird (1)

kaoshin (110328) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695492)

I hope this is integrated into many other applications, because there are several that I would like to flip a certain gesture.

This could be bad (1)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695502)

Imagine a group of people watching a soccer(football) match at your place:
[Announcer]: And Barcelona scores a GOOOOAL!
[You]: WTF? *Gives middle finger*
[Computer]: Loading favorites. *Goatse.cx appears*
[Everyone looks at you and starts to leave]

Re:This could be bad (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695578)

I think the problem isn't the failed gesture recognition but rather your peculiar list of favourites.

Then again, to each his own.

dialing wand (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30695504)

ultimate input device for tubby fingers - a dialing wand.

Where is the consideration for people with a few extra pounds?

Re:dialing wand (1)

Freetardo Jones (1574733) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695558)

I wash myself with a rag on a stick!

Re:dialing wand (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30695626)

learn2stylus

Prior Art (1)

Maximum Prophet (716608) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695546)

Doesn't Nintendo have prior art in the Wiimote?

Re:Prior Art (1)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695614)

Since their patents predate the Wii, no.

Re:Prior Art (1)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 4 years ago | (#30696006)

Re:Prior Art - for decades (2, Interesting)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695736)

prior art indeed, funny to see the same things reinvented again and again over the decades. Having worked in CADD/CAM since 70s, seen at trade shows all manner of gesture sensors, 3D viewing systems, gloves and other body position transducers...

Re:Prior Art - for decades (1)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695878)

prior art indeed, funny to see the same things reinvented again and again over the decades.

How can the Wii be prior art to patents that were filed before it existed?

Re:Prior Art - for decades (1)

Maximum Prophet (716608) | more than 4 years ago | (#30698284)

Because Nintendo invented the tech *before* installing it in the Wii? For example: US Patent 6213872 - Pedometer with game mode, filed in '98

Anyway, looks like these guys might have the scoop on using a camera to do what other people are using accelerometers to do. However, optical mice do the same thing in 2D. 3D is a neat trick if it really works on affordable hardware.

Etch-a-Sketch? (1)

FrozenGeek (1219968) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695568)

From the article: "...shake the handset..." So we really have gone back to the etch-a-sketch? (FWIW, about 10 years ago, when a friend of mine was promoted [demoted?] to a management position, I bought him a new "management laptop" aka an Etch-a-Sketch.)

Bluetooth (1)

Flozzin (626330) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695642)

Great. Now on top of blue tooth making people looking they they talk to themselves. We will have people having seizures. This seems like too much effort all around. I can only imagine my phone calling grandma at 2 am since I left the phone on the table and wanted to get a snack to eat. How about track my eye movements? But even then if I look away it would have problems.

Obligatory Back to the Future 2... (1)

ground.zero.612 (1563557) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695668)

You mean you have to use your hands? That's like a baby's toy!

Buttons are best! (1)

MaWeiTao (908546) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695676)

Properly placed physical buttons and dials are, by far, the best control scheme for digital cameras. You need that physical feedback in order to know what you're pressing when you're taking photos. I'd rather keep my eyes on the subject instead of having to look down at the camera constantly to see what I'm doing. In cars it's even more important that your eyes stay focus on the road and aren't distracted by touch screens and whatnot.

Tablet PCs are far more logical. And for desktops, I'm not sure why no one has developed a PC where the display sits closer to the user, inclined like a drafting table. You look down on it like reading a book, and it's far more comfortable to interact with the touch screen since it's no different than moving around stuff on the desk.

The only viable use for gesture controls is computers and gaming consoles. And even then the value is dubious outside of games. It's impractical and exhausting. Imagine trying to keep your arms elevated for any length of time and manipulating items on screen with precision. This is all a stupid fad derived from recent sci fi movies. Technology may reach a point when we we'll get tactile feedback in mid-air making this sort of thing viable, but we're not there yet. And by the time we get to that point we will probably be able to effectively interact with computers using thought.

MIME -- it's not just for file types now (1)

erroneus (253617) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695722)

I'm waiting for the "Mime" HID driver. You pretend to open a file and guess what happens to the file? Pretend to crumple up some paper and guess what happens to the file? I leave other gestures to the imagination.

Re:MIME -- it's not just for file types now (1)

Target Practice (79470) | more than 4 years ago | (#30697168)

Pretend to be stuck behind a glass wall to initiate an nmap scan...

next killer app -- oil-repelling screen coating (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695826)

touchscreens get absolutely disgusting after a day's use. Looks like I rubbed a pepperoni pizza all over it and this is with clean hands. Humans are oily, disgusting meat sacks. Developing a smudge-phobia where once I had none.

Pull my finger... (1)

scorpivs (1408651) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695892)

fixed that.

What's this on your shirt...

Hey, look over there...


The technology may mean the end to rude people, if it's not impolitic of a person to point that out.

Oh, uses the camera to help? (1)

billsayswow (1681722) | more than 4 years ago | (#30695902)

Raise your hand if you have ever had a hair or bit of dust get stuck to your optical mouse's sensor...

Re:Oh, uses the camera to help? (1)

bakawolf (1362361) | more than 4 years ago | (#30696170)

if i do that it opens the help file.

And look like a fool while at it... (1)

georgemoot (814307) | more than 4 years ago | (#30696026)

I've seen some people furiously shake their iPhone, on purpose. When asked what they're doing, they say that shaking makes the App do a "refresh", only it doesn't always register the command, so they have to do it again. You know what I do to make an app refresh it's content? I hit the refresh button with my finger, which has benefits including, but not limited to: not looking like a fool, not accidentally launching my phone across the room, not requiring an order of magnitude more energy to perform, and oh, did I mention not looking like a fool?

Re:And look like a fool while at it... (1)

k3vlar (979024) | more than 4 years ago | (#30696628)

I know someone who would always shake their iPhone immediately after rotating between landscape and portrait, just so "it knows I rotated".

I never had a problem with the accelerometer recognizing I've done something. Except when I use Rotation Inhibitor.

Other analogies (1)

ChrisMaple (607946) | more than 4 years ago | (#30696106)

Kinda like a theramin. Or one of those games where you maneuver a marble around on a board and try to keep it out of the holes.

Please, people, the idea is to make better interfaces.

New control device (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30696146)

A new control device will be unveiled...called a STYLUS!

saroman (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30696266)

I picture someone perched over their iphone like saroman with his fingers all contorted gesturing the palatir in his tower.

G-sensor? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30696298)

I thought newest research shows it doesn't exist? Oh, wait...

re (1)

S-4'N3 (1232394) | more than 4 years ago | (#30696354)

*waves hand* These aren't the droids your looking for.

Back in the Day... (1)

JoeD (12073) | more than 4 years ago | (#30696396)

If someone walked down the street talking to themselves and waving their arms around, everyone else would give them a wide berth and think they had something wrong with them...

Fuck This Shit (0, Troll)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 4 years ago | (#30696646)

I like buttons.
I like direct control.

I don't want to have to perform a fucking rain dance to appease the Apple gods (and let's face it - this is all because of Apple) to try and get my device to do a simple task.

I might as well try to arrange marshmallows while wearing boxing gloves.

Fuck this shit.

Touch screen, multitouch, gestures, accelerometers!
Shitty keyboard, no keyboard, fewer buttons, gimmicky unreliable shit!

You ever have a friend around while you're writing on physical paper? He invariably knocks your hand or grabs the paper in order to mess you up (as he SHOULD).
You ever have a friend around while you're typing or mousing? He invariably mashes the keys, grabs the mouse and starts clicking, etc. in order to mess you up (as he SHOULD).
You ever have a friend around while you're ordering from a touch screen at Jack in the Box or something? He invariably taps the screen frantically in an attempt to mess up your order and make you buy 30 "tacos [google.com] " (as he SHOULD).
You ever have a friend around while you've got arms? He invariably grabs them and uses them to hit you while asking why you're hitting yourself (as he SHOULD).
You ever have a friend around while you're trying to do something delicate, like build a house of cards? He invariably stomps and tromps until it all comes tumbling down (as he SHOULD).
You ever have a friend around while you're on the phone? He invariably dances around to distract you, makes loud sexual noises or silly voices, and if it's a land line picks up another handset to mash the keypad, listen in, or breathe heavily (as he SHOULD).

I just don't like the idea of a new tech device that enables more ass hattery. Now all you'll have to do is wave your hands about, make some noise, or give a little shake. Will this shit erase everything after a few good shakes like an etch-a-sketch? Knowing the shitty gimmicky features they tack on, it'll be an option on several devices.

Oh well. Plebes, buy your retarded devices with shitty interfaces. I will make your life hell. Me? You'll at least have to pry my devices from my hands before you can interrupt me.

#irc.trolltalNk.com (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30696680)

and diwstraction up today! If you

Works for me (1)

hwyhobo (1420503) | more than 4 years ago | (#30696684)

or shake the handset

Works on my Blackberry like a charm, every time I throw it against the wall.

i don't buy it. (1)

AP31R0N (723649) | more than 4 years ago | (#30696746)

The g-sensor is a myth.

Why not for laptops with integrated webcams? (1)

cerberusss (660701) | more than 4 years ago | (#30696786)

I never understood why this hasn't been implemented on laptops with integrated webcams. More than three years ago, one guy used the Sudden Movement Sensor in his Apple MacBook to create a SmackBook. He'd slap the MacBook on the keyboard to undo, go back etc. Later he implemented a less violent version using the integrated webcam. Check out this video on YouTube [youtube.com] where he waves his left hand (at 0:27 in the movie) to go to another desktop.

I love it, but have not seen it implemented yet.

I'd rather have... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30696798)

... Face Gestures.

Opera Face Gestures [youtube.com]

making Facebook easier! (1)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 4 years ago | (#30696904)

So, to de-friend someone on Facebook or Twitter, all you'll have to do is to flip the bird to your cell phone or computer? Sounds like a WIN to me! ;-)

Don't move! (4, Funny)

oren (78897) | more than 4 years ago | (#30697104)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:

"For years radios had been operated by means of pressing buttons and turning dials; then as the technology became more sophisticated the controls were made touch-sensitive -- you merely had to brush the panels with your fingers; now all you had to do was wave your hand in the general direction of the components and hope. It saved a lot of muscular expenditure, of course, but meant that you had to sit infuriatingly still if you wanted to keep listening to the same program."

Ok, are we done yet? (1)

LarrySDonald (1172757) | more than 4 years ago | (#30697164)

They said one day we'd be so high level we'd communicate our requests in interpretive dance. I figured saying "No way you'll get people to do that" was as safe as "640k will be enough for anyone". Ok, so you got me. Point an laugh. It's for sure what I'll do. I was thinking by now the backlash would have started. Sure, grind away the last few nanometers of the learning curve by shoving usefulness into the dirt and stepping on it. At some point, people will realize learning touch type wasn't such a bad idea because while it didn't work crazy good out of the box, it's way fast. Morse code with two switches beats T9. It's going to be a while until we beat the human brain for processing, so how about we use what we have?

I did something similar a year ago (1)

S3D (745318) | more than 4 years ago | (#30697212)

Phone as 3d pointing device [youtube.com]
This one recognize some simple gestures with phone [youtube.com]
And both could be downloaded for Symbian OS 9.*. It seems I did mistake with choice of platform - Symbian OS is in decline now. But if you still keep old Symbian S60 3rd ed around you can download and try. Those demos use markers, but markerless approach also viable.

What, you kidding? This would be great! (1)

zullnero (833754) | more than 4 years ago | (#30697260)

This will be so much more entertaining to watch than all the sad, tired commuters on the bus I see every day. It will be like weird interpretive hand dances going on all the time, with people occasionally getting frustrated and swinging their fingers faster and faster. Someone will be touching their screen, and the person next to them will develop a smug look on their face, and you know they're thinking "Freakin newbies".

G-sensor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30697448)

Some women have a very sensitive G-sensor, the G-spot. Although some argue that it does not exist.......

Control Your Apps Without Your Finger.. (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#30697514)

I can do that now, it's called a penis.

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