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Rapid Emergence of Gesture-Control Systems Signal the Future of Computer Interaction


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[ ] If you see someone in front of his or her laptop moving one or both hands, that person is likely one of the first in a wave of people to embrace the future of computer interaction.

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Rapid Emergence of Gesture-Control Systems Signal the Future of Computer Interaction

  1. 1.  Rapid Emergence of Gesture-Control SystemsSignal the Future of Computer Interaction 2, 2013By Xavier VillarmarzoIf you see someone in the next couple of months moving one or both hands in front of his or her laptop,that person is likely one of the first in a wave of people to embrace the future of computer interaction.We started seeing technology going this direction with the release of Kinect, Microsoft’s motion-sensingdevice for use with the Xbox 360 video game console and Windows-based PCs. The device allowedusers to interact with their video games without the use of a controller by using gestures or spokencommands. The device was so popular that it sold a record-breaking eight million units in the first 60 daysafter its release in November 2010, earning recognition in the Guinness World Records™ for being the“fastest-selling consumer electronics device.” As of February 2013, over 24 million Kinect devices havebeen sold.The popularity of a device like Kinect is sure to have spurred companies like Leap Motion and Myo intothe gesture-control game. The San Francisco-based company, Leap Motion, was founded in 2010, thesame year as Kinect’s release, and has been operating under the radar until announcing its first productin May 2012. That product, an $80 gesture-control system, is set to hit Best Buy stores on May 19.
  2. 2.  Michael Buckwald, Leap Motion’s CEO, recently told The Washington Post, “The greatest thing holdingus back is not power of computers or size of devices but the way that people interact with them.”Leap Motion’s 3-D gesture-control device will allow users the ability to “reach into” the computer andinteract with it on a three-dimensional plane, as opposed to the up-down-left-right-diagonal capabilities ofthe current mouse and keyboard. The device will also give users the ability to “grab, touch and shape”objects in an instant.Buckwald also told The Washington Post that “hundreds of thousands” of consumers in over 100countries have already preordered the device. Preorders will ship on May 13, giving those consumers theability to use the device before it hits Best Buy shelves. On that same day, Leap Motion is also launching“Airspace,” a new marketplace with free and paid apps available that have been designed to work withLeap Motion’s gesture-control device.The MYO armband is another gesture-control device on the horizon. Developed by Thalmic Labs, thearmband senses motion and electrical activity in your muscles, which then allows you to control yourcomputer or device via a Bluetooth connection. The sensors in the armband reportedly can even detectindividual finger movement. MYO is currently set up for preorders but is not expected to ship until close tothe end of the year.While the rising popularity of devices like Kinect and gesture-control systems may lead to decreasingnumbers of people who use a mouse or other game controllers, it will not lead to their all-out extinction.There will still be people who prefer the “old school” handheld devices.Either that or they don’t want to look like someone conducting an orchestra in the middle of a library orcoffee shop.[Sources: The Washington Post, Microsoft]http://www.Tier10lab.com