I think this is an interesting approach to gesture control of a device that does not require a camera. It uses changes in wireless signals.
The challenge is going to be making this work in an area occupied by multiple people (and with multiple devices). How do you ‘cue’ a device that it should react to a gesture? What do you do about mis-cues?
It seems like only yesterday it was 2013.
2013 ended in a bittersweet way for my family. Here is hoping for more positive events in the coming year.
And maybe an element of #reboot.
You can count on the Guardian Tech Weekly podcast to reliably slag off anything Google and shower sycophantic praise on anything Apple. This week’s podcast is no exception:
Numbers show that Android is the most popular tablet format in the world. Guardian Tech’s take ‘well most of those sales are in Asia so they don’t really matter’. Yeah, right, a market that represents roughly 2/3rds of the worlds population doesn’t mean anything. Got it.
Next up, the Google Chromecast gets written off (sight unseen) because, well, it isn’t Apple TV. Heaven forbid that someone actually innovate rather than follow (which seems to be the Apple mode of late). Apple will likely come out with something in this form factor and it will be proclaimed by GTW as the most innovative thing ever.
And recently, Apple’s attempted injunction against Samsung selling the Galaxy line of smartphones is a righteous protection of their (sic) innovations. However, Samsung’s injunction against Apple for patent violation is a gross overstep/abuse of patten laws.
Do you guys get better swag from Apple than Google? Certainly objectivity is lacking.
The Springpad mobile app is the latest to get deleted due to application security overreach. You are (or were) a list making application – you do not, for any legitimate reason, need to be able to read (and remotely store, no doubt) my contact information. Deleted.
I hope you are working to make your web site accessible to mobile devices because that is what I will use from now on (if at all). Learn from your mistakes.
Tivo users watch less live TV than others. Really? this is news?
Isn’t the whole point of having a DVR is to NOT have to watch live TV? Move along – nothing to see here.
Best wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous 2012.
Oh, and hopefully we can silence the world ending this year nonsense once and for all. I am sure there are some who won’t be convinced until January 2013.
I have been waiting for this trend to catch on for a long, long time. After more than a decade we are only now beginning to shed the vulgarities and visual clutter of the BLINK tag, Flash, animated GIFs, ActiveX, embedded (and auto playing) sound files and Java Applets to start focusing on actually conveying information in a clean and readable way.
The Readable Future
The ability to read uncluttered web pages is going mainstream.
I made the point recently that technical people can avoid, or at least cut down on, ads, sharing buttons, and clutter when reading web pages — they have RSS readers, Instapaper, Readability, Safari’s Reader button, AdBlock, Flipboard, Zite, and so on.
Not all of these technologies were made with the goal of uncluttering web pages, but they have that effect. No app built for reading starts with the premise that the publisher has done an acceptable job.
That premise is, unfortunately, generally correct, and those apps and technologies are becoming more and more popular, particularly with the rise of iPad as a great reading device. (But this isn’t only about iPads, or even mobile.)
Publications shouldn’t ignore this trend.
This trend means that their medley-of-madness designs will increasingly be routed-around, starting with presumably their most-favored readers, the more affluent and technical, but extending to the less-affluent and less-technical until it includes just about everybody.
The future is, one way or another, readable.