Sunday, April 16, 2006

Gesture based computing

One of the big unanswered questions is how we're going to interface with the ubiquitous computing devices that are going to start appearing over the next few years, or have in fact already started to appear. All that computing power that will be surrounding us, or already is, and no really way of accessing the information except via a "traditional" computer interface. The real problem is that the abilities of the underlying technology grow much faster than innovations in user interfaces come along.

Gesture based computing is one possible answer to the user interface question raised by ubiquitous computing, and I was therefore really interested to see Minority Cube (via digg and MAKE: Blog). This is gesture based computing out in the wild, if you can do this with Flash, to control a cube on a screen, why not something a bit more distributed?

The Minority Cube in action...
Minority Cube allows you to control the rotation of the cube on the screen by moving your hand (or yourself) in front of your webcam. It understands up, down, left, right and screw (a motion a bit like if you're trying to screw a light bulb into your webcam's lens)... - Mario Klingemann