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Touchless Gesture User Interfaces 123

Posted by samzenpus
from the wave-of-your-hand dept.
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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Touchless Gesture User Interfaces

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 25, 2010 @08:26PM (#33376300)

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

  • HHGTG (Score:3, Insightful)

    by sharkey (16670) on Wednesday August 25, 2010 @08:36PM (#33376358)
    Sounds like the radio on the Heart of Gold to me.
  • by arth1 (260657) on Wednesday August 25, 2010 @08:41PM (#33376402) Homepage Journal

    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.

  • by Dr Max (1696200) on Wednesday August 25, 2010 @09:22PM (#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.

  • from The Guide (Score:5, Insightful)

    by tyme (6621) on Wednesday August 25, 2010 @10:25PM (#33376994) Homepage Journal

    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."

  • by RevWaldo (1186281) on Wednesday August 25, 2010 @11:43PM (#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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IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.

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