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Hitachi Gesture-Based Interface: Why Do We Hate Buttons So Much?

by Lambert Varias

Seriously, will the future be button-less? What’s up with this surge of motion- and gesture-based UIs? Aside from Microsoft and Sony working on motion-based gaming controllers, Hitachi is also currently working on a Minority Report-ish interface. The company plans on using the technology for digital signage, and – this I can understand – in the medical field, to enable doctors to manipulate data without actually touching the monitor.

hitachi gesture based interface

Here’s the interface in action. It’s still in development, hence the delay in response, but it does work:

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What I can’t understand is why Hitachi is planning on incorporating this on desktop PCs and even TVs by the middle of next year. No doubt, gesture-based technology is useful in some instances, but does it really have a place in everyday usage? Will our lives be more awesome if we could wave our hands in front of our PCs just to view pictures and zoom in on maps? Have I just become too old to appreciate new technology? What the hell is going on?!

[via Akihabara News]

Comments (4):

  1. technabob says:

    I couldn’t agree more. I’ve used touchscreens, touchpads, gesture controls, gyro-mice, and invisible projected keyboards, and nothing beats the tactile input of a good old mouse, joystick and keyboard.

  2. nietaki says:

    I hope the time when designers of the highest-tech will realize they were overly optimistic with the touch-screen will come soon.

  3. Rob says:

    This new technology is awesome. People have been saying for years that the most unnatural thing about computing is the keyboard and the mouse, and I tend to agree. What needs to be incorporated with this gesture technology is voice recognition.

    Imagine this: you come home, turn on your television, no remote. voice only and use gestures to wipe through tv listings, etc… would be incredible, efficient and no strain on anyone hunched over a keyboard and mouse.

  4. Hitachi compound miter saw says:

    another usefull info i’ll see to it this gets to digg thankxs this is a quality story

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