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Sunday, 28 May 2017

The Future of Gesture Controlled Devices

USA TODAY's Jefferson Graham thinks the new gesture controlled DJI Spark drone is the wave of the future in computing. 
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. —Last week we talked about voice being touted as the next wave in computing. Today, we move to the hands.

Picture:Jefferson Graham

In one of the most jaw-dropping tech demos of the year, drone manufacturer DJI this week showed off a new quadcopter that can be flown with hand gestures. Move your palm left to fly that way, extend your hand to land it.

As someone who spends a lot of time flying drones and juggling with video-game like controllers to operate them, this is the holy grail. No more worries about connections and keeping my head down to operate—just wave my hands in the air and let the drone soar.

Now, 2017 has been a year with many huge tech wow moments, including flying cars  ready for sale in 2020 to Facebook's project to let you skip typing by communicating directly to a computer from your brain.  .

But the $499 hand-flying DJI drone will actually be in stores within a few weeks. Watch a video of a first-time flight with the Spark, flying it with hand gestures.

What other devices could we soon operate by waving, rather than touching — say smartphones, laptops and tablets?

I’m imagining turning on our TVs with a wave, maybe raising a finger in the air to open Facebook on a mobile phone and nodding to advance the screen. Perhaps a wink could close an app. After all, if a sensor can read our hand, why not our facial movements, too?

There are some who believe we only have 5-10 years left with smartphones. Which leads many to believe a future of sensors will indeed let us use our eyes, facial gestures and hand movements to get us everything we want.
USA TODAY's Jefferson Graham unboxes and checks out the new DJI Spark drone that can be controled with simple hand gestures.

In the meantime, can you imagine how strange it’s going to be in restaurants watching the next generation of gesturing tech addicts? Welcome to the future.

Source : USA Today



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