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    Microsoft shows off its vision for gesture-controlled PCs


    Microsoft is looking for new ways for people to interact with computers that build upon the actions that mouse and keyboard make possible.

    The software giant's search for new human-machine interfaces has led it to investigate gesture-recognition, where a computer user controls their machine using hand movements.

    On Wednesday Microsoft showed off a system that captures gestures made above the surface of the PC keyboard and translates them into commands for Windows.

    At the base of this new control system is the Kinect, Microsoft's sensor bar that not only captures 2D video but the depth of the scene it's filming — allowing it to place objects in 3D space.

    Kinect was originally developed as a controller for the Xbox 360 games console, but the device is also available with a software development kit for Windows PCs and has been used to develop a number of non-gaming applications
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    Read more at: Microsoft shows off its vision for gesture-controlled PCs | ZDNet

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    The last thing I want to be doing at work is waving my hands around to make things happen. I wish the clown at MS who thought Minority Report was "cool and neat" gets canned soon.
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    Keyboard shortcuts are already simple to do and fast enough, what is the point in them even making this, just another money sink imo.
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    Still, no contenders to the good ol' mouse.
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    Instead of trying to improve on the mouse and keyboard via the use of exaggerated hand movements, I'd prefer they perfect voice response so it would be truly useful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woody345 View Post
    The last thing I want to be doing at work is waving my hands around to make things happen. I wish the clown at MS who thought Minority Report was "cool and neat" gets canned soon.
    Why is it that whenever people see these demos they immediately assume Microsoft is going to throw away the keyboard and mouse and replace it with something like this. The point is completely flying over your head.

    This is research. It's about developing new alternative input, to complement traditional input. No, you don't want to wave your hands around all the time when using a computer, but you might when you're using a Home Theater PC from across a room. Or, more importantly, this is just a step on the journey to a more advanced form of interaction.

    Think about Tony Stark interacting with 3D holographic CAD/CAM. You need this technology to get to that technology eventually, as it's just one piece of it.

    You mentioned Minority Report.. but you seem to have forgotten.. they had keyboards and mice too, when they wanted to use them.
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    Guess I didn't see it this way but rather how it pertains to me personally. Voice commands would go hand-in-hand with this.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by woody345 View Post
    The last thing I want to be doing at work is waving my hands around to make things happen. I wish the clown at MS who thought Minority Report was "cool and neat" gets canned soon.
    Why is it that whenever people see these demos they immediately assume Microsoft is going to throw away the keyboard and mouse and replace it with something like this. The point is completely flying over your head.

    This is research. It's about developing new alternative input, to complement traditional input. No, you don't want to wave your hands around all the time when using a computer, but you might when you're using a Home Theater PC from across a room. Or, more importantly, this is just a step on the journey to a more advanced form of interaction.

    Think about Tony Stark interacting with 3D holographic CAD/CAM. You need this technology to get to that technology eventually, as it's just one piece of it.

    You mentioned Minority Report.. but you seem to have forgotten.. they had keyboards and mice too, when they wanted to use them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nenad285 View Post
    Guess I didn't see it this way but rather how it pertains to me personally. Voice commands would go hand-in-hand with this.
    Voice input technology has large plateaued. The problem is that people just don't speak clearly or reliably. Humans can't even understand other humans much of the time. How do you expect computers to?

    There are too many problems that have to be solved for voice commands to continue moving forward. Noise cancelation issues, speech impediment issues, command confidence..

    The most annoying thing about voice commands is that you either have to live with mistakes, some of which may be able to be corrected while others may not.. or live with constant confirmations... "Confirm you meant to delete your foot". Gestures have a much higher confidence level and have fewer issues relating to them. Another area being researched is body language. The computer may literally be able to know what you're thinking by watching you without any overt movement on your part. These problems are much simpler than the problems around voice.
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    Good point.
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    Plus, the gesture stuff has huge applications in Video Games, Simulations (military and otherwise), Healthcare (disabled people can make gestures, but they may not be able to type or speak).

    Regardless of whether or not you think this particular application is useful, Microsoft seems to think it will pay off in some way or another.. There is seldom a thing as useless research, as even research that is not commercially viable often leads to other research that may lead to other research that eventually is.
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