Neat DIY Hologram trick… even neater Leap-Motion controller. It’s all going a bit sci-fi.
Neat DIY Hologram trick… even neater Leap-Motion controller. It’s all going a bit sci-fi.
Which I still think is the stupidest idea in the world, but then I thought iPads were a pretty stupid idea as well, so what do I know?
People will want this… oh yes, they will want it a lot – mainly because it’s appeared in a Scifi movie so is the future etc… even if it does make you look daft, and is a lot more tiring to use than any of the more traditional means of computer/human communication…
The thing about this approach, is it untethers interface-size from finger-size… well, for input anyway. Voice-control has always been hit and miss (not sure why)… (probably because people talk bollocks)… and for some reason, you can’t talk and think at the same time. With typing you can kindof think ahead. Mind you, waving your arms around could be a bit of a tricky text interface – though the Swype (waving your finger about, while touching screen) on my phone works pretty well.
A combination of this and retina displays could mean that computers/phones (whatever) can shrink a lot more than they’re currently shrunk.
That’s what I want… one of those… but I want a cylindrical one like a portaloo… or better still a geodesic dome, with 3D and less nerds.
WAAI being WAVING ARMS AROUND INTERFACE
Like the one off Minority Report with the little ferrety chap in it who jumps up and down on the sofa, then hides in the cupboard and talks to imaginary aliens. Thought it was a stupid idea then, think it’s a stupid idea now.
It does mean that you can effectively shrink interface size to zero. Right now we’re kindof limited by the size of our clumpy washer-woman hands, like bunches of bananas etc. Sure we’ve experimented with styli etc – but they’ve never really worked terribly well because we keep losing the styli – and it still needs to be a styli-writeble sized thing. I had one of the first digital watches with a calculator (that needed stylus) once. In 1979. See
That’s me in 1984, standing “in” the back lawn of a house I actually owned. Everything has gone down-hill like fuck since then. I worked out today that my free-lance-web-development activities are actually earning me less than minimum wage. What did you think Gen-Xers were going to do? Sell out?
You can click on a the picture for a bigger version. I’m so fucked up now I don’t even recognise that as being me. I suppose it must have been. Nice looking young guy. Could be anyone.
Still – that watch is 5 years old at the time of photographing… which is another weird thing. Who the fuck has a digital device that’s 5 years old any more? None of them last that long.
But enough about me, back to the WAAI (ahem) And then there’s RSI of course – and I do suffer from that a bit… so it would be good for that, but I think the killer app with WAAIs might be the ability to shrink the device to the size of a breadcrumb – assuming it can project an image as well. In the future it’s going to be impossible not to cheat in exams.
Joseph’s Glove of Many Colours
Eventually Waving Arms Around Interfaces will come of age, and you’ll just kindof swim in this sphere of digitised perception, where the machine can see and interpret everything you do. In the meantime though you’ll need to wear batty gloves.
I still don’t get the point of these though. If it was keyboard design instead of mouse design, it would be similar to having one key over there and another over here, and another one on the other side of the room etc etc. We should be moving less, not more.
Unless you want to wave your arms about of course, in which case knock yourself out. Litterally. Knock yourself out with your own wii wand.
W.A.A.Is are an attempt to turn knowledge work back into manual labour. Mouse-interface is kindof one dimensional, though, granted.
This kindof rings bells though:
When I was straight out of Uni and didn’t give a toss about anything except playing guitar… but found myself working in the credit-card department of Lloyds, I used to fantasize about having a guitar interface onto a keyboard. I even made simulated strings with paperclips on the arm of my chair so I could practice archipeligos.
Although I’m theoretically stupider now than I was then, I can now see fairly clearly that the two aren’t going to mix terribly well – because the interface wouldn’t be happening at a physical level – there would have to be a link between the meaning and poetry of musical language, and the… well… RPG2 basically. Not going to happen. It’s like converting your name to a musical scale. It is not (generally speaking) terribly musical.
Still – it does remind me of shred videos, which are so funny I can hardly believe it.
So you see the problem he had now… the bigger your screen… the more interactive… the more you want to just… step into the scene. To actually be there. To be in it.
So you see the problem he had – he couldn’t – he was God – separated from his creation by dimensional incompatibility… so he gave birth to himself, and became man. As it were. He became a little baby Jesuslet.
And what a fucking nightmare that turned out to be. It’s like the first (and only) time you go on a hydroslide and you wind up hurting your knee – “absolute fucking catastrophe”, he thought to himself afterwards, vowing never ever ever ever to do it again.
“Those people are a bunch of cunts – and the worst part of it is, a whole load of them started following me around like that Life of Brian – and they’ve been using me as an excuse to get up to all sort of peculiar shenanigans ever since… and they all seem to think I’m going to go back!. Fucking no chance.”
“Watch in on the telly – safety of my own home etc. Those people are a nightmare. Where’s the remote?”
Would be cool with 3D glasses, and projected onto the surface of a sphere that you stand in the centre of.
Hadn’t seen one of those before – although there’s obviously about a million and one videos on youtube. I chose this one
because the voice in the background is… um… Slovenian? Something like that – and hearing languages I don’t understand makes me feel… calm.
Anyway, it’s high time you learned Slovene, admit it. Everyone in Europe is now multi-lingual, except The English, who can barely read or write.
Anyway, the reason I find this thing interesting is because it’s the opposite of a WAAI – a Waving Arms Around Interface – as popularised by various movies with Tom (ferret-face) Cruise in them, and which are a completely stupid idea. If you’re going to be pratting about on the internet all day and all night, you want an interface which requires the absolute minimum of movement. I mean people get RSI from mice FFS – so mice are obviously too much work.
Another attempt at “interface without having to actually move that much” is this blowing one:
Where you can control your cursor (or whatever) by blowing it around the screen. You might be able to suck it as well. I don’t know. This obviously goes off the scale of the daftometer… but for one small detail…
… the guy is using it in a bar. Can you use it as a breathaliser? An anti-social-networking-on-the-web-when-drunk breathaliser? Because if you can, then they should come as standard on all (my) laptops.
It’s also occurred to me that the first one could also be done using an iPhone balanced on your knee, or the arm of your chair or whatever. I actually do think this is a problem looking for a solution (unlike WAAI) because at the moment, 3D navigation – particularly for RC planes, sucks. Ideally you need something that’s basically a little model of the plane that you hold onto, and manipulate like some sort of aeronautical voodoo doll… to do whatever it is that you want the real plane to do.
A bit like those iPhone apps where you stick little cardboard wings onto your phone and they make a noise like a Messerschmitt
That someone went “meh” about in the comments – so remember, every “meh” is pregnant with its opposite. It’s like Edward de Bono (who doesn’t know what he’s talking about) puzzles where someone gives you a paper clip and you have to think of as many uses for it as you possibly can.
Nothing is ever 100% stupid. Nothing.
Interesting use of RFID to control a stereo
In which roteno.com creates the idea of Imperceptible Computing, in which all the smarts of a system are hidden within it – including circuits, interface etc etc.
Taking this a step (quite a big step) further… to an inevitable conclusion… an entire environment which is a meshed network of RFIDs (and/or Zigbys etc) and sensors that is aware of your presence and every movement etc, 24/7. A Guardian Angel of sorts – but best make sure it’s YOUR guardian angel.
In the meantime (and straying into areas untroubled by the angelic footfall) is a variant on one of my favourite concepts – iPhone as interface to everything:
In which shouty blowhards pretending (or is it real) to be in a 90s Jackass type tv program for Fire-Nerds, provide simple, straightforward instructions for how to make a remote controlled car-bomb of the kind that would normally have required someone (probably quite young and gullible) with a beard to commit suicide. Think of the lives it would save. Kindof.
Still, what do I know. The video’s been there for 5 days and has been viewed about 170,000 times. It has, as the saying goes, gone viral. They also provide a video for sound-triggered fireworks. What could possibly go wrong?
Now I hate interfaces where you have to wave your arms around as much as the next man. Apart from Tom Cruise (who is a wee bit odd if you ask me) but this is pretty cool
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