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November 15th, 2008


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01:47 am - Gestural Computer Control
Not unexpectedly, someone has created a gestural control platform modeled on the very nifty one used in the film Minority Report. The video is stunning - it's an obvious choice air traffic control, but also seems awesome for classroom use and would make for a amazing gaming environment. It looks both nifty and fun to use.

Fast forward a decade, and some members of the upper middle class aren't wearing gloves, they have tiny RFIDs implanted under the skin of their first two fingers and their thumbs. Such could be a real path to our nifty cyborg future. So it goes...
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From:pompe
Date:November 15th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
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Heh. I remember when the future was supposed to be VR goggles.
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From:tlttlotd
Date:November 15th, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC)
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I plan on messing around with this before I start working on my next pair of cufflinks.

I wonder if the RFID chips in DC Metrorail cards can be wiped and reprogrammed completely....
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From:xuenay
Date:November 15th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
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It looks neat, yes, but I'm not sure of how fun it'll be in practice. The person seemed to be moving his hands and arms in relatively large paths as compared to when he'd be just using a mouse - I'd imagine that your arms would get tired more easily when using this. Also, it seems more prone to giving accidential commands. It's easy to lift your hand from the mouse when you're doing something else with your hand, or even to just your off-mouse hand, but that seems trickier if the system is watching all your hand movements for input.
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From:heron61
Date:November 15th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
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The person seemed to be moving his hands and arms in relatively large paths as compared to when he'd be just using a mouse - I'd imagine that your arms would get tired more easily when using this.

Actually, for me this seems to be a very positive feature. We did not evolve to make lots of tiny hand movements over extended periods of time. Instead, we evolved as creatures that used our whole bodies a great deal. If done in a relatively smooth manner, I can easily see using this sort of interface being relaxing and enjoyable. For optimum use, you'd want people trained in physical therapy and in various systems like the Feldenkrais method and the Alexander Technique working with the programmers to design a system of gestures and movement that is comfortable to use.
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From:xuenay
Date:November 15th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
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That's a good point, and you may be right. Using that thing seems to be more effortful than it's worth, but a large part of that is probably just me being more used to a mouse. We'll see.
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From:heron61
Date:November 15th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
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I've done a little bit of reading on culture and movement (mostly Edward T. Hall, + a fascinating essay by Dario Fo (from a book whose title I've forgotten), and modern first world culture is almost unique in how little most people in the middle and upper classes move their bodies. I expect that this will change over the long term (baring uploading or similarly radical solutions) since human bodies (and I'm guessing ever significantly redesigned human bodies) feel better when they move more.

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