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Touchless Gesture User Interfaces

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the wave-of-your-hand dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Elliptic Labs is set to debut their Touchless Gesture User Interface technology which uses ultrasound to let the user navigate through a device's commands simply with the motion of their hands. From the article: 'Elliptic plans to showcase their “Mimesign” technology at IFA in Berlin from the 3rd to 8th of September 2010. Mimesign will bring intuitive ways for people to interact with devices. The possibilities range from tablets, remote controls or in-car media controls. The interface is based on ultrasound technology and allows the user to remain in an unchanged state.'"

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Wonderful (3, Informative)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376180)

So, instead of people simply talking into bluetooth mics, gesturing wildly in space and acting like a schizophrenic off their meds, you're simultaneously going to have people waving their arms around like they are conducting a symphony.

Yep, cubicleville is going to get even weirder than it already is.

Re:Wonderful (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33376410)

From the video it's clear this technology is for pimps, note the slow slap technique.

Re:Wonderful (0, Offtopic)

conspirator57 (1123519) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376440)

Remember: the only good mime is a dead mime.

deadmime.org: ridding the world of the pantomime menace. One mime at a time.

Who will love this? (1)

reiisi (1211052) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376544)

Yeah. The guys who gravitate to management positions because they are better at handwaving than ...
uhm ...
doing actual work.

(Yeah, that's what I mean.)

Re:Wonderful (1)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376632)

I'm not sure but I think someone with Parkinson's is going to have a really bad time with this ...

Re:Wonderful (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33376904)

As opposed to a keyboard and mouse, which would be easy for someone with Parkinson's.

Re:Wonderful (1)

c0lo (1497653) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376704)

you're simultaneously going to have people waving their arms around like they are conducting a symphony.

Yep, cubicleville is going to get even weirder than it already is.

What's wrong with this? The Italians are doing it already for ages, should be already a relief for their programmers that needed to restrain themselves during work hours!

Re:Wonderful (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33377282)

So, instead of people simply talking into bluetooth mics, gesturing wildly in space and acting like a schizophrenic off their meds, you're simultaneously going to have people waving their arms around like they are conducting a symphony.

Yep, cubicleville is going to get even weirder than it already is.

Even though I think we've been long due for some kind futuristic input device, why would anyone want to use more effort than a mouse or keyboard?

Re:Wonderful (1)

lostguru (987112) | more than 3 years ago | (#33378142)

For a car radio this makes a lot of sense. Being able to just wave a hand in front of the unit instead of taking your eyes off the road to find a button (for those without steering wheel controls). I also imagine that if coupled with a audio interface this could work for certain applications in the blind community.

Re:Wonderful (1)

grcumb (781340) | more than 3 years ago | (#33378008)

So, instead of people simply talking into bluetooth mics, gesturing wildly in space and acting like a schizophrenic off their meds, you're simultaneously going to have people waving their arms around like they are conducting a symphony. Yep, cubicleville is going to get even weirder than it already is.

I'm more worried about in-car devices misinterpreting people who talk with their hands. I can just see the headlines:

300 DEAD IN ITALIAN ROAD APOCALYPSE

or:

DEAF HACKER CULT SCARE

Re:Wonderful (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33378202)

Or,

"Transportation Safety authorities investigate sudden rise in collisions caused by pregnant women"

Re:Wonderful (1)

rainmouse (1784278) | more than 3 years ago | (#33378132)

It will be hard to treat yourself to a little porn. The screen would keep on shifting up or down.

Re:Wonderful (1)

silentcoder (1241496) | more than 3 years ago | (#33378588)

Look on the bright side- next time you give windows the finger it will know what you mean !

how retro-futurist (3, Funny)

Trepidity (597) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376208)

In glorious future, we operate our computers as if they were theremins!

Re:how retro-futurist (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33376300)

I still prefer the future in which we operate our computers as if they were extension of or brain's synapse.

Re:how retro-futurist (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376642)

Oh, that's rich. I can hardly wait until sex is reduced to just wearing a helmet, like on Demolition man. [youtube.com]

I'll continue to get my pussy the old-fasioned way, good sir.

Re:how retro-futurist (1)

mavasplode (1808684) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376698)

You don't think the Demolition Man helmet experience would be better than current internet porn?

Re:how retro-futurist (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376888)

Cash, or club?

(Not disco stupid, bludgeon)

Re:how retro-futurist (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 3 years ago | (#33377060)

A rag soaked with Chloroform.

Re:how retro-futurist (1)

pspahn (1175617) | more than 3 years ago | (#33377960)

Are you seriously going to want that thing on your head?

At least go a little more casual, and get what THX had. Though, I would have to assume some would want content other than the weird blue ladies dancing around.

Re:how retro-futurist (1)

silentcoder (1241496) | more than 3 years ago | (#33378598)

>I'll continue to get my pussy the old-fasioned way, good sir.

alt.sex.binaries ?

Re:how retro-futurist (4, Insightful)

arth1 (260657) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376402)

Theremins are cool, but...
Thankfully, no, future interfaces will also let our arms rest, and we won't have to wave our arms around like Tom Cruise. Because of what's known as the gorilla arm syndrome, any user interface that requires users to lift their arms for any length of time is doomed to fail in the long run.

Sure, this might be viable for operations you seldom do, like dimming the lights or turning on a monitor, but it won't be viable for any prolonged use.

Re:how retro-futurist (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33376480)

Because of what's known as the gorilla arm syndrome, any user interface that requires users to lift their arms for any length of time is doomed to fail in the long run.

You must have a girlfriend.

Re:how retro-futurist (1)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 3 years ago | (#33377484)

Because of what's known as the gorilla arm syndrome, any user interface that requires users to lift their arms for any length of time is doomed to fail in the long run.

Or we could just genetically engineer us a lot more upper-body strength.

Re:how retro-futurist (1)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376506)

In glorious future, we operate our computers as if they were girls!

Operating girls? (1)

_merlin (160982) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376528)

By lying to them and buying them expensive presents?

Re:Operating girls? (1)

silentcoder (1241496) | more than 3 years ago | (#33378610)

>By lying to them and buying them expensive presents?

I was going to say by coating them in our erm DNA... but most of the people on /. already operate their computers that way. There's probably an entire lost generation dried up inside old discarded keyboards by now.

Re:how retro-futurist (2, Insightful)

Dr Max (1696200) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376640)

In glorious future, we operate our computers as if they were girls!

Don’t get me wrong I have had some great times with girls. But if I tell a computer to rewind the movie to the beginning of the scene I want it to rewind, not start an hour long story about what her day was like only to continue to, that I’m not doing enough house work, to giving me dirty looks for a while before starting a completely different movie (and thats not even in her special time of the month). Not to mention all the extra money you'll spend on flowers and chocolate, or how geeky you'll look when you take your computer out on the town after it refuses to play gta4 all week because you never take her any where special.

Re:how retro-futurist (1)

c0lo (1497653) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376778)

What do you mean? Pick from the list or add your own choice:
  • the relation with your girl-friend will become "look, gesture, waive ...(whatever)... but don't touch, you filthy animal!"
  • do occasionally slap your girl-friend when frustrated. (this will happen when the gesture-enabled UI becoming unresponsive. And hey, being a mechanical shock, this may actually work on ultrasonic interfaces!)

Re:how retro-futurist (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33376878)

My girl friend doesn’t have gesture enabled ui working on ultrasonic, and slapping usually makes the situation work.

Re:how retro-futurist (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33376940)

My girl friend doesn’t have gesture enabled ui working on ultrasonic, and slapping usually makes the situation work.

Le'me guess: she's maso, right?
(funny, the captcha is consent)

Re:how retro-futurist (1)

derGoldstein (1494129) | more than 3 years ago | (#33377350)

I was waiting for the person who operated it to "slap" a picture of a person, but they managed to avoid it. So far you have two speeds for the backhand slap, and two for the forehand slap. Will the third speed be a punch? What happens if you headbutt it?

Re:how retro-futurist (1)

dangitman (862676) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376634)

Do we get to operate our theremins as if they were computers?

Re:how retro-futurist (1)

Trepidity (597) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376666)

Apparently, the answer is yes [robertinventor.com] .

Re:how retro-futurist (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33377290)

So, that means we can operate our computers like theremins, which operate our theremins like computers. Nice.

Re:how retro-futurist (1)

DaveSlash (1597297) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376748)

Is this going to skip Steve Jobs' patent on touching screens with two fingers since there is no touching?

Gah mimes, (1)

mjwx (966435) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376210)

Get yer shotguns.

HHTG (4, Funny)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376220)

To keep watching the same program you must remain absolutely still in front of the TV.

But seriously, the gesture to shut something down would require exactly one finger...

Re:HHTG (1)

alanebro (1808492) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376236)

Haha, nice one.

How would you propose to turn it on then?

Re:HHTG (2)

Dewin (989206) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376390)

Two fingers.

Re:HHTG (1)

c0lo (1497653) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376798)

How would you propose to turn it on then?

Ctrl-Alt-Del... for a change.

Re:HHTG (1)

dangitman (862676) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376656)

But seriously, the gesture to shut something down would require exactly one finger...

I prefer to use the whole fist.

Re:HHTG (1)

derGoldstein (1494129) | more than 3 years ago | (#33377158)

I prefer to use the whole fist.

Yes, but does she?
(am I a bad person because that popped into my mind?...)

Re:HHTG (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#33377472)

I prefer to use the whole fist.

(am I a bad person because that popped into my mind?...)

No Julian I think its perfectly normal.

Re:HHTG (1)

FrameRotBlues (1082971) | more than 3 years ago | (#33377454)

See, I think that would "turn on" more than it would "turn off."

Re:HHTG (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#33377712)

But seriously, the gesture to shut something down would require exactly one finger...

Pfft. That's been around for decades. The SNES manual tells you to shut off the machine by flipping-off the power switch!

Re:HHTG (2, Funny)

richlv (778496) | more than 3 years ago | (#33378306)

i'm less concerned about sitting still, but more about "The interface is based on ultrasound technology and allows the user to remain in an unchanged state." part.

are there solutions that require changing state to/from solid/liquid/gas ?

"allows the user to remain in an unchanged state." (1)

elFisico (877213) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376228)

Hmm, whatever that means. I for my part remain in an unimpressed state. While the idea is good, the obvious lag renders the handling rather clumsy. Combine that with no haptic feedback and the idea isn't so good anymore.

Re:"allows the user to remain in an unchanged stat (1)

black6host (469985) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376298)

Think of the wonders the conductor of an orchestra can accomplish, or even the effects of an incompetent conductor :) without external physical feedback at all (discounting the resultant sound waves.) Perhaps this kind of sensitivity to motions will progress as slowly as true AI with respect to lag but I can see some serious changes coming down the road....

Re:"allows the user to remain in an unchanged stat (2)

arth1 (260657) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376338)

Perhaps this kind of sensitivity to motions will progress as slowly as true AI with respect to lag but I can see some serious changes coming down the road....

My fear is that we'll see a bunch of hand-waving drivers coming down the road...

Re:"allows the user to remain in an unchanged stat (1)

derGoldstein (1494129) | more than 3 years ago | (#33377196)

My fear is that we'll see a bunch of hand-waving drivers coming down the road...

Not a day goes by that I *don't* see that...

Re:"allows the user to remain in an unchanged stat (1)

elFisico (877213) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376498)

Think of the wonders the conductor of an orchestra can accomplish

Well, think about the magic that an orchestra really performs! Musicians are not reacting to the gestures of the conductor, they predict them so they can stay ahead... and in sync. This prediction capability won't come to computing devices for quite some time, I'll predict...

Re:"allows the user to remain in an unchanged stat (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 3 years ago | (#33377036)

Yes. But, it could work to control the sound-generating element of a partial orchestra (orchestras that cut costs by laying off some of their musicians and play their parts with a synthesizer).

Though wouldn't a few accelerometers inside the conductor's electronic wand be a more proven method of control?

Re:"allows the user to remain in an unchanged stat (1)

elFisico (877213) | more than 3 years ago | (#33378480)

Though wouldn't a few accelerometers inside the conductor's electronic wand be a more proven method of control?

You still need prediction because the musicians physical actions need to predate the conductors wand by several tenths of seconds.

Re:"allows the user to remain in an unchanged stat (1)

pspahn (1175617) | more than 3 years ago | (#33377988)

This prediction capability won't come to computing devices for quite some time, I'll predict...

Let me get right on that.

Gesture Wars (1)

X_DARK_X (1881648) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376234)

I feel the Gesture Wars are coming... This is a quite a bit simpler system, targeting broader market, then the one suggested by John Underkoffler [ted.com] , that was developed during the making of the "Minority Report" the movie. I have also noticed the demo for both systems did not tackle close-up gestures which is how the "Pad" will most likely be used. Plenty of space for more ideas, and competition.

Gestures or waving? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33376260)

The device in the video seems to recognize only huge waving signs at the level of the whole hand, no recognition seems to happen on the level of palms or fingers. Hard to imagine that this would be so groundbreaking... especially compared to what Sony and MS are working on (albeit with more powerful devices).

Kitty! (1)

EkriirkE (1075937) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376312)

This video is like watching a cat in slow motion.

HHGTG (3, Insightful)

sharkey (16670) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376358)

Sounds like the radio on the Heart of Gold to me.

Star Trek (1)

RobertM1968 (951074) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376404)

Wow, just like Star Trek TOS!!!

Oh, I know... most of you (except hard core Trekkies, or someone like me who helps make the stuff [startreknewvoyages.com] ) miss the reference. Watch "Where No Man Has Gone Before" and you will see them using gesture based computing. Sadly, the concept didnt make it beyond the second pilot (probably because it was too ahead of it's time and would not be a recognizable input method, unlike the even greater quantity of buttons used in the 2nd episode onwards to replace gesture computing).

Yet another piece of Trek technology making it into today's world. :-)

Re:Star Trek (2, Funny)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376428)

In Star Wars, Darth Vader uses gesture-based technology to strangle people and make stuff fly around the room. That's much cooler than anything Star Trek could come up with.

Re:Star Trek (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376502)

I use gesture-based computing to enter and exit the grocery store.

Not like I can post to /. from there or anything, but it's a prototype.

Re:Star Trek (1)

delinear (991444) | more than 3 years ago | (#33378464)

I guess you could use the automatic door mechanism as a binary input device, but it might be a bit long-winded. On the plus side you'd get a great workout posting to /.

Re:Star Trek (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376740)

There was quite a bit of gesture-based interfaces (particularly piloting) in Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict. Not sure if it was Gene who put in in there as it debuted after his death.

Ummm.... (1)

ArcadeNut (85398) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376414)

The interface is based on ultrasound technology and allows the user to remain in an unchanged state.

Exactly how do you remain in an "Unchanged State" and still provide "Motion"??

Re:Ummm.... (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376512)

I haven't got that far. I'm still trying to figure out what "navigate through a devices" means.

Re:Ummm.... (1)

arth1 (260657) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376518)

Exactly how do you remain in an "Unchanged State" and still provide "Motion"??

Well, it is ultrasound, so presumably it could react to the motions of someone's fetus even though the lady doesn't move...

But really, I think they might mean that an "unchanged state" is seen as one type of command, and "motion" as another. Which isn't all that different from today's IR detectors.

At last... (1)

WidgetGuy (1233314) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376430)

Touchless porn. Think about it.

I wonder what this gesture does (1, Funny)

linebackn (131821) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376444)

Heres a gesture for you:

[Flips middle finger]

Interface *THAT* you stupid computer!

Re:I wonder what this gesture does (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33376880)

Wow. Aren't you the comedian? So what's it like having shit for brains and all that?

Re:I wonder what this gesture does (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33376928)

What a fucking typical AC post. You are a shit, you fucking good-for-nothing AC poster.

Re:I wonder what this gesture does (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33378022)

Why the fuck don't you just shut the fuck up and ignore the fuckin fuck faggot fuck!!! You fucking shitless head fucking AC dick fucker!!!

Re:I wonder what this gesture does (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33377554)

I believe that gesture translates as:

format c: yes yes

Re:I wonder what this gesture does (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33379050)

well, if you're running windows, you don't really need a command. Just let it run. It'll get around to that eventually.

You FaIL it (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33376474)

it just 0wnz.', alsou dead, its

And XBox 360 (1)

Psaakyrn (838406) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376488)

Isn't this what Kinect is all about anyway?

I misread... (3, Interesting)

Sarten-X (1102295) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376514)

I misread the headline as "Useless gesture interface". I'm not so certain that's wrong.

Seriously, people already have a hard enough time using computers. Humans in general simply aren't perceptive enough to realize "clockwise swirly motion" means refresh the browser page. Then there's the complications of positioning, and people who talk with their hands... ...I think I'll stick to a mouse. Thanks.

Re:I misread... (1)

derGoldstein (1494129) | more than 3 years ago | (#33377298)

Humans in general simply aren't perceptive enough to realize "clockwise swirly motion" means refresh the browser page.

I don't remember which versions of which browser this was in, but in several of them the "back" button was an arrow that went "up" and "left", while the forward arrow was "up" and "right". The Enter key is traditionally "down" and "left". The refresh button is usually a "rotating" arrow. If you want to "play" media, hit the "play arrow". If you want to fast-forward, click the double-right arrow. If you want to move forward on a list, click the double-right arrow with a line after it, not to be confused with the "End" key which is a single-right arrow with a line after it (same for the "play previous" button and the "Home" key). The "Shift" button is usually an outline of an "Up" arrow, not to be confused with the "Page Up" button, which is a solid "up" arrow, or just the "Up" key. Obviously, none of these have anything to do with "Backspace", which also has a "left" arrow on it, but it's not just a triangle, but rather a line *and* a triangle, like the "Left" key.

Knowing this, what would you *expect* the symbol on the "Tab" key to do?

Nintendo Power Glove (2, Informative)

technomancerX (86975) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376554)

This is the same basic tech that was used to track position on the old Nintendo Power Glove, and having used it and written drivers to interface it to a PC, it isn't accurate enough to work for anything finer grained than what's shown in the video. So if you want to control something using large, sweeping, ungainly hand gestures this is the tech you want.

Ultrasound seems like a good idea for this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33376560)

I've been thinking for several years about how to do proximity gesture sensing with RF. The thing that's always discouraged me is the extremely high frequencies needed to get decent resolution, well into the tens of GHz. Was thinking that a video camera mounted next to the display would be the next best approach, but ultrasound could make sense too given the plethora of chipsets being made for medical imaging nowadays.

How "loud" will it be? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33376630)

Prolonged exposure to ultrasound can cause hearing damage. Is anyone giving that any attention, or will it be a big surprise in 10 years when the people using these start going deaf?

A new world of mistyping.... (1)

Lord_of_the_nerf (895604) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376708)

I just got an email that reads:

FAP! FAP! FAP! FAP! FAP!

Seems clunky (1)

Joshua Fan (1733100) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376902)

The gestures for this prototype require way too much effort and are too slow for the simplest tasks. One wave = one tap = one press of a key. You need to use your whole arm, not just one finger. They haven't implemented circular motion recognition for extended scrolling. Can you imagine a review of this device? "It was neat for the first minute, but my arm got tired after scrolling through the first picture album. If you need to rid yourself of some underarm flab, this device is for you. Everyone else, stay away."

Re:Seems clunky (1)

GeckoAddict (1154537) | more than 3 years ago | (#33377052)

Exactly my thoughts. For all of the intended uses in the summary (tablets, in car media, and remote controls), you would be close enough to actually touch it, thus avoiding all the extra movement. It's also a safety risk in the car; we use steering wheel controls and voice command in the car in order to keep our hands ON the wheel. People can't even check their mirrors without swerving in the direction they're looking, I don't have much hope for the use of something like this.

Re:Seems clunky (1)

delinear (991444) | more than 3 years ago | (#33378548)

It might have some limited application - hospitals spring to mind, and by extension public terminals, airports and the like. Places where lots of people congregate together to share their interesting diseases, where you might want touch screen inputs but you don't particularly want to have to touch them. Other than that, you're right - for activating equipment you're close enough to touch the equipment (and can you imagine a stereo that jumps to full volume or a TV that changes channel any time someone walks too close). For any other touch screen input you pretty much want the feedback of touching something solid, couple this UI with any amount of lag for ensuing hilarity (did I just press that button and it's lagging, or did it miss the input and I need to press it again... I'll press it again, it's been a while... oh ffs now it's loading two instances, I'll just click close... hmm, did I press close and it's lagging or do I need to press it again... gah! And so on).

from The Guide (4, Insightful)

tyme (6621) | more than 3 years ago | (#33376994)

from the first paragraph of chapter 12 of HHGTTG:

"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 programme."

Re:from The Guide (1)

Fwipp (1473271) | more than 3 years ago | (#33377058)

Thank you! I was amazed that this wasn't the first reply.

American Sign Language (1)

tlambert (566799) | more than 3 years ago | (#33377026)

American Sign Language

Apparently it is not high enough resolution that it would allow you to use ASL for input. It looks like cameras are still the best gesture input devices.

-- Terry

Re:American Sign Language (1)

nanospook (521118) | more than 3 years ago | (#33377154)

Oh Please.. have you seen how some deaf people sign????? Talk about Fingerbonics

NES U-Force (1)

billcopc (196330) | more than 3 years ago | (#33377322)

What, no mention of the "revolutionary" U-Force controller for the old 8-bit NES ?

I have fond memories of trying to play SMB3 on that thing. I did find one cool secret move though: if you smash it into a million pieces, you immediately and permanently gain +3 charisma.

This just isn't going to catch on (1)

digitallife (805599) | more than 3 years ago | (#33377334)

This just isn't going to catch on.
The reason touch screens can work if done properly is that it is an easy intuitive interaction which has very defined parameters (ie touching the screen and moving your finger around) which is a piece of cake to pick up, and not easy to make a lot of mistakes with. Waving your hand around in the air is practically the exact opposite of all that: difficult to understand (what else do we interact with like that?), hard to pick up anything other than very simple motions (how do i grab something?), and super easy to make mistakes (oh hi Joe! Woops i deleted my email...).
I think this will be another novelty technology that never getsnany further than prototypes.

Re:This just isn't going to catch on (1)

silentcoder (1241496) | more than 3 years ago | (#33378686)

>what else do we interact with like that?

Each other. Gestures and body language is probably the oldest and best established form of human communication predating spoken word by millions of years.

Pity the dog in the same room with it (2, Insightful)

RevWaldo (1186281) | more than 3 years ago | (#33377414)

Watching their human helplessly and impotently flail his/her arms about in the direction of this thing making this godawful ultrasonic racket their pitiful master seems unable to stop. I fear many a pricey device are going to fall victim to a sudden outbreak of misplaced canine heroics.

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Freudian (1)

Wolfling1 (1808594) | more than 3 years ago | (#33377574)

I mis-read the first line to be from Epileptic Labs. I was aghast that a company could somehow associate epilepsy with some sort of gesture based interface.

amazing news (1)

Akilah (1886780) | more than 3 years ago | (#33377986)

Its really amazing. Apple patent seeks to lock up jailbroken iPhones [personalmoneystore.com] really grows too fast. This will bring intuitive ways for people to interact with devices. The possibilities will range from tablets, remote controls or in-car media controls is really a wonderful news. This will mean that I can pimp slap my way through this gadgets. I.m so excited having this gadget for my self.

reminds me of kinect, if kinect wasn't for games (2, Interesting)

aeiah (937509) | more than 3 years ago | (#33378062)

when i first heard about the xbox kinect (nee natal) i thought it'd be great if it ever gets hacked to work with linux, or even windows, so we could use it in media centres and htpcs. this kind of gesture recognition is only useful for sporadic instructions though. scrolling up and down, turning the volume up etc, and only if you can do it by moving your hand, not your arms

Good (1)

injury-lawyer (1886294) | more than 3 years ago | (#33378220)

That will be helpful for physically challenged too.

Zaphod Beeblebrox... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33379116)

...would definitely approve. I seem to remember a section in HHGTTG where he was waving his hand at the radio to change the channel, but had to keep irritatingly still when he actually found the one he wanted.

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