Proof of Platform

Use Your Fingers

Stefan just sent me this lovely example of the kind of thing I was talking about in my Gestures 2010 Provocation thing, that the NYTimes picked up on a few weeks later. 

From TIGS [December 2009]

Some Next Big Things for 2010:

1. Gestures
Gestural interfaces are the future of human computer interaction, at least until we find a way to connect something straight into your brain. Despite the excitement the first multi-touchscreens triggered and the seeming ubiquity of the iPhone touchscreen paradigm it spawned, little has been made of their potential. Things like FluidTunes – an app which lets you control iTunes by waving your hand in front of the built-in webcam – and interactive installations triggered by similar motion detection both show new ways to interact with content, experiences and brands.

As with Fluidtunes, you control the content by waving your hand in front of your webcam - you can also pinch to zoom in and out of photos, analogously to how the touchscreen works on some of the Nikon cameras. 

In a smart piece of distributed functionality, the image interface was exported via a bookmarklet that you can use it on other photo sites. 

So, instead of installing a viewer like CoolIris, the bookmarklet pulls the images back into the Nikon site so you can use the functionality there. 

As we continue to embrace gestural interfaces, and webcam penetration continues to increase [careful when googling for that stat...], expect to see lots more of this sort of thing, and people all over the country waving their hands at their laptops.