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Gesture Based Computing Moving Along with Oblong



I guess nobody watches CSI Miami these days. (My wife does and I’m doomed to follow along.) On that spin-off, they’ve picked up with gesture based Minority Report-like computing in ways that I’m sure make police departments everywhere shake their heads at budget time. So it makes me wonder why stories about this kind of gesture based computing all refer back to the Spielberg film. But on to the story. Oblong Industries, the folks who designed the gesture based stuff we saw in Minority Report apparently wowed the crowd at the recent TED conference at what they are calling a “coming out” announcement.

We continue to see this kind of thing getting closer and closer to consumers, and Microsoft’s Project Natal looks like it will be a big step forward this year. This all looks pretty cool to me and I love to see stories about how it is advancing, but I’m thinking that we’re more than 5 years away from real consumer adoption of this just because of cost.

Via The Bits Blog

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  1. Paul Harrigan

    02/16/2010 at 4:08 pm

    Project Natal is the reason that I don’t think we are five years away.

    Unless Microsoft charges excessively for it in non-Xbox360 uses (think Surface), this could hit and start working its way through our computer and TV systems in 2012. Wide adoption may be 5-10 years away, but we early adopter addicts should be putting this in way before then.

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