Minor­ity Report and Gmail Motion pre­dicted ges­ture based soft­ware con­trol but they for­got one thing: Humans are lazy.

minority report multi touch gesture control Tricky fingers:  Minority Reports gesture control gets an upgradeWhilst just an April Fools day prank back in 2011, Google’s Gmail Motion attracted a lot of atten­tion with the promise of intu­itive, ges­ture based com­puter con­trols. Like­wise, the ges­ture con­trols show­cased in the film Minor­ity Report a decade ear­lier amazed mil­lions with visions of the ‘future of computing’.

But, what if instead of mov­ing your whole arm to com­plete a motion ges­ture, you only needed to move a fin­ger?
A grad­ual devel­op­ment of motion con­trol and ges­ture recog­ni­tion over the years has shown us that in prac­ti­cal use, motion con­trol ges­tures don’t need to be large flail­ing motions. It’s not nec­es­sary to be swing­ing your arms all over the place. After all, like all ani­mals, we humans want to con­serve our energy for when it’s needed.

In addi­tion, touch screens were a great inno­va­tion 15 years ago, but the lack of tac­til­ity made it dif­fi­cult to touch type or con­trol devices with­out look­ing directly at them. Our use of com­put­ing is increas­ingly mobile these days, so mobile devices needs to be con­trolled on the go.

New tech­nolo­gies such as aug­mented real­ity gog­gles meant a new input device was needed to replace key­boards, mice and touch­screens. And what bet­ter input device than the hands them­selves? These devel­op­ments have finally been realised in ges­ture sens­ing touch gloves and more recently — touch implants.

 

 

Swip­ing and typ­ing: How ges­ture touch works

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The gloves con­tain a mul­ti­tude of sen­sors and are avail­able in styles to suit all users.

Ges­ture touch gloves allow faster, more pre­cise and more intu­itive con­trol of com­put­ers and infor­ma­tion. Wire­lessly inter­fac­ing with an exter­nal dis­play screen or aug­mented real­ity gog­gles, the touch gloves allow unpar­al­leled con­trol and dex­ter­ity. Mul­ti­ple sen­sors on each fin­ger­tip and in the palm reg­is­ter every minute touch, swipe and ges­ture. Sim­ply by touch­ing your fin­ger­tips to your thumb or mov­ing fin­gers across your hand, you can con­trol most-any of your devices.

Essen­tially your hands become high-sensitivity touch­pads that can clev­erly inter­act with each other.

 

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Some exam­ple ges­ture controls.

Swip­ing: Swip­ing a fin­ger across your hand can flick between pages or pho­tos or scroll through infor­ma­tion. In fact, it oper­ates much like Apple’s Multi-Touch — but in the palm of your own hand.

 

Typ­ing: These new touch gloves have sig­naled a wel­come evo­lu­tion in touch-typing, one in which is faster, more pre­cise and only requires a sin­gle hand.The best way to explain is a demon­stra­tion… Try it now, and you will see just how easy it is. Using only your right hand, tap your thumb with your dif­fer­ent fin­ger­tips. This is ges­ture touch typ­ing. Tap­ping dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions at vary­ing speeds allows you to single-handedly type out any­thing at all. And it’s quicker to learn than you think. Essen­tially, you’re touch-typing with one hand, sim­ply by tap­ping your fin­gers onto your thumb.

These micro-gestures can be per­formed whilst in a meet­ing, on a train, or walk­ing down the street. All with­out look­ing. You can even do most of them sub­tly with your hands in your pock­ets. You can switch between apps by click­ing or close apps by ‘one hand clap­ping’ — essen­tially bring­ing your fin­gers down to your palm. And when you’re done, clasp­ing your hands together will pause the input func­tion­al­ity of the gloves so you can use your hands for other things.

The ges­ture gloves also can com­mu­ni­cate between people.

Shak­ing hands with some­one glove-to-glove will wire­lessly trans­fer you their con­tact details, in much the same way as a tra­di­tional busi­ness card exchange.

Or trans­fer a file to some­one sim­ply by vir­tu­ally plac­ing it in their hand. Of course, this is just the begin­ning and the pos­si­bil­i­ties for this tech­nol­ogy are lit­er­ally endless.

 

Going glove-less: touch implants

Of course, some of us don’t like wear­ing gloves — espe­cially dur­ing warmer weather. As a result, many are begin­ning to have the sen­sors implanted directly under their skin, elim­i­nat­ing the need for gloves alto­gether. It’s a rel­a­tively sim­ple and increas­ingly afford­able pro­ce­dure and can give an even more pre­cise level of tac­til­ity and control.

 

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The sen­sors can also be implanted directly under the skin

 

If this trend con­tin­ues, it seems that the future of touch gloves may be no gloves at all. We will all be able to con­trol our aug­mented real­ity glasses using only our bare (sensor-implanted) hands.

 

 

Image cred­its: 20th Cen­tury Fox Film Cor­po­ra­tion, jess­james­jakeWil­fre­dor, Josep Ma. Rosell,