Controls Better than Minority Report's in Works

The same research society responsible for the development of the MP3 compression algorithm has developed as gesture control interface touted as better than the fictional one featured in Minority Report.

A development team based at the Fraunhofer Technical Institute has created a system that can track the movements of several hands—right down to each individual finger. This "3D Multi-touch interface" doesn't require users to wear gloves, and allows them to control virtual objects with all ten fingers.

No word on when the institute will push to adapt the system for practical applications. It's appropriate to consider the opinions of usability expert Jakob Nielsen, who wrote about 3D interfaces back in 2006:

Many user interfaces designed for the movies feature gestural input and 3D data visualizations. Immersive environments and fly-through navigation look good, and allow for more dramatic interaction than clicking on a linear list of 10 items. But, despite being a staple of computer conference demos for decades, 3D almost never makes it into shipping products. The reason? 2D works better than 3D for the vast majority of practical things that users want to do.

3D is for demos. 2D is for work.

The Technical Institute is part of a wider society of 59 research institutes distributed throughout Germany, operating with an annual budget of 1.6 billion euros.

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  • I hope they include toes....I like multi-tasking
  • killerclickI wouldn't want to use controls like this. Holding hands raised in front of you is tiring. You know how fighters start lowering their guard after a few rounds? That's ten, fifteen minutes. Try keeping your hands raised and waving around for three or four hours.

    Everyone will have mad biceps!
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  • I hope they include toes....I like multi-tasking
  • Wow first 3-D Pornz. Now with this technology, "interactive" 3-D Pornz is one-step closer!
  • I hope it can identify when you want to use it... What if you have an itch on your nose, or if you have to point out something to your friends.