Using gestures to interact with surfaces that don't have screens


37 Responses to “Using gestures to interact with surfaces that don't have screens”

  1. koko szanel says:

    Disney Research? really?? Expect perpetual patents soon.

  2. Guest says:

    Hey Microsoft, Hey Apple, the Mouse is now embarrasing you.

    • tré says:

      I don’t know about that. Microsoft doesn’t make hardware, so hardware really doesn’t embarrass them. Apple has been using multi-touch gestures without screens for years now in their trackpads. You could say that needing hardware like a trackpad as opposed to just using the body or something else hooked up to this is embarrassing, but that doesn’t quite mesh with the whole “total product package” philosophy. It does fit in nicely with the “as intuitive as possible” philosophy, though, so who knows?

      Edit: I stand corrected. That’s what I get for trying to stand up for Microsoft, I guess.

  3. doug rogers says:

    aaaaand…. doors with personalities….

  4. vattenpipa says:

    Hahaha. Wtf with the “teach your kids to use the correct utensils” suggestion?
    It felt like a bit from “Look Around You”.

    • Henry Pootel says:

      All jokes aside, the concept could have a lot of applications for rehab after a stroke or brain injury, not to mention cognitive disability.

    • Dan Hibiki says:

       what it’s going to lead to is a generation of kind constantly poking inanimate objects in the hopes that it would tell them what to do.

  5. cfuse says:

    I don’t want a bowl of negative reinforcement for breakfast!

  6. J Gostick says:

    So now you get to look like a wizard when changing songs on your phone or making a call…

  7. ASL to speech synthesizer, anyone?

  8. Itsumishi says:

    What comes up on the window when you slam the door violently? 


  9. Guest says:

    If this is the future, wilderness is about to get a lot more important. 

  10. Cowicide says:

    I’m so glad the rest of the world is coming around to my world.  Welcome to my world.


    Yes, I’m smug (and bitter).. because I got a lot of shit from naysayers for well over a decade who are now gesturing their asses off (like me) now.

  11. keighvin says:

    “Negative reinforcement” (the removal of conditions or stimulus as a consequence) does not mean “punishment” (the application of undesired conditions or stimulus as a consequence). They’re often related, but the term “negative reinforcement” has very specific meaning in psychology.

  12. cramerica says:

    By your command

  13. bunnyvision says:

    This does seem like a logical extension of the touchscreen mentality. Creeps me out, though.

  14. Ken Williams says:

    Finally.  I’ve been waiting for an advancement in proper-food-implement-training technology.  This could be the real shit.

    • Ken Williams says:

      Not to sound *too* cheeky though.  I mean, it seems like progress in capacitive sensing is pretty obviously sellable, with lots of obvious marketable applications.

  15. David Smith says:

    Child dips spoon in cereal bowl:  reasuring DING!   Child flings spoonful of cereal across the room.  Child dips spoon in cereal bown to refill:   another reassuring DING!  This will end well. 

  16. sam1148 says:

    Unfortunately, I bet the first use Disney will put this to will be improved biometrics for park passes, or stern automated warning for kids that drag their hands in the water on a ride, or put their elbows on the table in the Prime Time Cafe.
    (which would be kinda cool if they had a Rosie the Robot roaming around the place).

  17. This is the most interesting advance in touch sensing in a long time.

  18. bigomega73 says:

    Instead of nonense gestures for controlling your media player/cell phone, why not have the device just recognize ASL gestures. That way everyone gets to learn ASL while they learn how to control their devices. Seems like a wasted opportunity if they just make up their own gestures to me.

  19. Neill "Dire" Mitchell says:

    Electric Potential sensing has some interesting things to offer the Gesturing world.

    Disclosure – I work for the company linked above.

  20. abraxiom says:

    It would seem to me that based on the examples they give, that it is actually “just” measure the amount of skin contact with the contacted object. Perhaps different areas of skin have different, um, electrical properties but it is not so much gesture recognition in itself. I think the next step is to do a lot of interaction design type stuff to see what configurations of multiple zones could produce more meaningful information. Also the variety of gestures and body types, yadda yadda

    Also, couldn’t you make the “doorknob” itself have different resistive qualities across its surface in a pattern in order to increase the information while still only having one line of connection. Boolean logic in neural networks comes to mind.

    I’m sure they have thought of this stuff, it just seems like they spin it a really weird way.

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