You Set this Analog Watch With Swipes, Not Dials

If you needed any further proof that buttons, dials, and knobs are slowly being completely replaced by touch-sensitive alternatives, Rado's new HyperChrome Touch Dual Timer watch is Exhibit A. Its old-school analog display looks traditional enough, but finger gestures have replaced dials when it comes to setting the… » 7/03/14 3:20pm 7/03/14 3:20pm

Every Gestural Interface Should Be This Responsive and Snappy

Working alongside a company called zSpace, makers of interactive holographic displays, researchers at the Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory in Japan have built a high-speed gesture recognition system that instantly responds to hand and finger movements. Which in turn enhances the immersiveness of these interactive displays. » 5/22/14 10:40am 5/22/14 10:40am

Touch-Sensitive Buttons Will Let New TV Remotes Recognize Gestures

There's all kinds of fancy touchscreen remotes available today, but when you're absent-mindedly watching TV, physical buttons mean you don't have to constantly look down to change the channel. That's not to say that touchscreen capabilities like gestures aren't handy, which is why Philips has developed a new kind of … » 9/19/13 12:40pm 9/19/13 12:40pm

Finally A Chance To Bend The Weather To Your Will

It always rains the day you're moving or gets really icy when you have a lot of driving ahead of you. Murphy's Law definitely applies. If you could control the weather things would be much easier, and Design I/O wants you to feel like you can. Their installation allows participants to make it rain, produce wind,… » 6/30/13 5:14pm 6/30/13 5:14pm

Your Home's Wi-Fi Network Could One Day Replace Your Kinect

Gesture recognition systems like the Kinect, or the upcoming Leap Motion, rely on special hardware and require you to be in a specific place to detect your motions. A limitation that researchers at the University of Washington have all but eliminated by instead using the Wi-Fi network in your home to recognize… » 6/05/13 10:51am 6/05/13 10:51am

Intelligent Keyboard-Wide Touchpad Is Smart Enough To Ignore Your Palms

With gesture controls becoming more common in software and apps, it makes sense to maximize the size of a laptop's touchpad to facilitate more than just a couple of fingers. So researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have developed the Longpad, an oversized touchpad that's as wide as a… » 2/06/13 4:40pm 2/06/13 4:40pm

Knuckle and Fingernail Gestures Could Be Coming Soon to a Touchscreen…

For the moment, your arsenal of touchscreen gestures is effectively limited by the number of fingers you can use. a ten-finger gesture isn't going to be particularly helpful for most of us. New tech that can tell the difference between fingertips, knuckles, and fingernails however, could throw some more variables… » 11/18/12 12:00pm 11/18/12 12:00pm

Could a Pair Of Kinect Sensors Replace Your Mouse?

When you think about it, pushing a mouse across a table or poking a flat screen with your finger is a pretty limited way to interact with a computer. After all, our hands are capable of far more intricate motions, which a company called 3Gear Systems hopes to translate into complex gestures that could revolutionize… » 10/04/12 11:23am 10/04/12 11:23am