User Experience

Video playback using hand gestures

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After misplacing my TV remote for the hundredth time, I made a quick video showing how I’d like to control video playback using mimetic hand gestures.

I’ve misplaced my TV remote for the hundredth time. So I made a quick video showing how I’d like to control video playback using mimetic hand gestures.

In part, I was inspired by a fascinating paper from 1997 discussing ways of designing a motion sensor gestural system. In Visual Interpretation of hand gestures for HCI, the authors review how the “use of hand gestures provides an attractive alternative to cumbersome interface devices for human-computer interaction (HCI)”. Even though it is over 20 years old, it explained the difficulties they faced with building such a system. It is becoming practical at last, with Microsoft Kinect and Leap leading the way.

 

References

Vladimir I. Pavlovic, Ra jeev Sharma, Thomas S. Huang. Visual Interpretation of hand gestures for Human-Computer Interaction: A Review

2 Comments
  1. Every year we are told that we’ll have gesture based control in everything. It is hard problem to solve. It is more important than ever don’t you think? The proliferation of redundant UI is overwhelming. Good vid.

    • Yes, you’re probably right. I’ll be writing about these issues of invisible and UI based design soon. It’s my new favourite subject.

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