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Is touch the future?

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    Is touch the future?


    Many people have taken as a given that, with the introduction of Windows 8, touch is now the future; however, the reality is that PC makers and others see this as merely a part of ongoing development:

    [Products that could make it common to control a computer, TV, or something else using eye gaze, gesture, voice, and even facial expression were launched at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. The technology promises to make computers and other devices easier to use, let devices do new things, and perhaps boost the prospects of companies reliant on PC sales. Industry figures suggest that interest in laptop and desktop computers is waning as consumers’ heads are turned by smartphones and tablets.
    PC Makers Bet on Gaze, Gesture, Voice, and Touch | MIT Technology Review

    The interesting thing is that many of the designers are working on making these features retrospective, so that they can be used with any device (within reason); hey effectively become like another peripheral device such as a mouse and keyboard. We just need a computer/brain mind-meld and problem solved.
    Last edited by Brink; 13 Jan 2013 at 00:02. Reason: fixed quote

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    I have pre-ordered the Leap 3D Motion

    https://leapmotion.com/

    This gives you gestures, without having to touch anything.
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    I can see all of these things having individual benefits for selective applications, but there's not a lot of information available to show how it fully works, other than images of hands raised in front of a screen. That would become very tedious in short order.
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    Apparently, you didn't watch the video.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Apparently, you didn't watch the video.
    Just did and it confirmed what I thought; very sore arms in short order. I wonder if it could read toe movements as you sat back with your feet on the desk? You could then sit back in the office with your hands behind your head and genuinely claim that you're working.
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    As has been pointed out many times, "Gorilla Arm" just doesn't happen in real-life usage. People that repeat this myth don't seem to understand how people actually use this.

    Pointing is a natural action for people. You do it thousands of times a day without even realizing it. Your hand isn't going to be waving in the air constantly. That's just not how it works.
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    "Intel's CES booth -- still a large presence in the CES Central Hall -- had one basic unmistakable message: touch has arrived.Windows 8 convertibles, detachables, touch-screen laptops, and just plain tablets from Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Samsung, Acer, Asus, Lenovo, Toshiba, Sony, and others blanketed Intel's booth.
    And just to make sure the touch message was crystal clear, Intel issued an edict to PC partners during its CES keynote: all next-generation ultrabooks based on its "Haswell" chip must be touch.
    What does that mean to consumers? Your next laptop will likely be touch, whether you like it or not."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Apparently, you didn't watch the video.
    Just did and it confirmed what I thought; very sore arms in short order. I wonder if it could read toe movements as you sat back with your feet on the desk? You could then sit back in the office with your hands behind your head and genuinely claim that you're working.
    Just like the sore arms on touch computers, hahahahah.
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    According to the video, it requires a lot more than just pointing and you clearly have to have your hands above the device for it to read your gestures. If all you're after is a pointer, then I'd have thought that a mouse would be sufficient.

    Let us know how the physio goes after you've been using the device for a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Apparently, you didn't watch the video.
    Just did and it confirmed what I thought; very sore arms in short order. I wonder if it could read toe movements as you sat back with your feet on the desk? You could then sit back in the office with your hands behind your head and genuinely claim that you're working.
    Im pretty sure you could quite easily do it with your toes Ray.
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