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Windows 7: Microsoft shows off its vision for gesture-controlled PCs


27 Sep 2013   #1
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Microsoft shows off its vision for gesture-controlled PCs

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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.
Read more at: Microsoft shows off its vision for gesture-controlled PCs | ZDNet

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27 Sep 2013   #2

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I can just see my computer going crazy because I scratch my nose or try to chase a bug off my monitor screen.

All seriousness aside, I can also see serious shoulder pain for many people (including me).
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27 Sep 2013   #3

Desk Top with Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Lap Top with Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I think that they are over reaching on some of this stuff. I cannot see any good reason to having one. Likewise I see no reason for having a touch screen on a desktop.
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27 Sep 2013   #4

Windows 8 64bit Professional
 
 

Actually, these sorts of things have their place.

Did you know Microsoft's tablet is actually a condensed version of their Restaurant Table? Microsoft has been working on creating a "Smart Table", that'll allow the waitress to receive signals when a customers beer is empty, when their done eating, and when they are ready to pay, they can pay by credit card, paypal, cash, or check. This is something that I truly, would love to see implemented. It would revolutionize the restaurant industry, and what not. I've read quite a bit on this, I'll dig up articles if I have too.

These sorts of things shouldn't be discarded at all, or simply as "useless" if they aren't something you would like. I think these are a step towards a different future.
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27 Sep 2013   #5

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

New ideas and new methods are great if the consumer can use them and want them. I like new technology. I just don't like it crammed down my throat.
If one has the proper hardware and a need and desire for a new technology, go for it.
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27 Sep 2013   #6

Desk Top with Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Lap Top with Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
New ideas and new methods are great if the consumer can use them and want them.
I would agree with that and the key is, "if the consumer can use them.."
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27 Sep 2013   #7

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frank1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
New ideas and new methods are great if the consumer can use them and want them.
I would agree with that and the key is, "if the consumer can use them.."
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27 Sep 2013   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
I can just see my computer going crazy because I scratch my nose or try to chase a bug off my monitor screen.

All seriousness aside, I can also see serious shoulder pain for many people (including me).
Agreed! Sneeze or slap a mosquito and your computer might blow a gasket.
Sounds to me like Microsoft is just desperate to find something new, so they're throwing mud on the wall to see if anything sticks.
Now they're jumping from swipe & wipe to swing & wing. The former is useless on a PC, and the latter would be useless period.
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27 Sep 2013   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

No thanks, MS. There's no substitute for the good ol' mouse.
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28 Sep 2013   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32-bit; Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (VM).
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sardonicus View Post
No thanks, MS. There's no substitute for the good ol' mouse.

And that's about all that needs to be said about the matter.


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