Friday, August 2, 2019

wave your hands in the air! wave 'em like you just do care!

Kottke announced Soli touchless interactions are coming to Pixel 4 and reposted this video from a few years ago:

Seeing the video made me a bit less skeptical about the concept - I think that doing it poorly would be REALLY annoying, but if they made it very definite about when you're in gesture mode... maybe it could work.

Still I think of that Douglas Adams line:
A loud clatter of gunk music flooded through the Heart of Gold cabin as Zaphod searched the sub-etha radio wavebands for news of himself. The machine was rather difficult to operate. For years radios had been operated by means of pressing buttons and turning dials; then as the technology became more sophisticated the controls were made touch-sensitive - you merely had to brush the panels with your fingers; now all you had to do was wave your hand in the general direction of the components and hope. It saved a lot of muscular expenditure of course, but meant that you had to sit infuriatingly still if you wanted to keep listening to the same programme.
For the late 70s, he was thinking years ahead!!

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