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How To Add Customised Gesture Controls To Your Android Phone

Get yourself an Android phone or tablet and you can hack it to work in pretty much whatever way you want — and that extends to input as well. All In One Gestures is one of several apps on the Google Play Store that let you create customised gestures for controlling your apps and the OS itself. Here’s how to get it set up.


You Set This Analogue Watch With Swipes, Not Dials

If you needed any further proof that buttons, dials and knobs are slowly being completely replaced by touch-sensitive alternatives, Rado’s new HyperChrome Touch Dual Timer watch is Exhibit A. Its old-school analogue display looks traditional enough, but finger gestures have replaced dials when it comes to setting the time.


Every Gestural Interface Should Be This Responsive And Snappy

Working alongside a company called zSpace, makers of interactive holographic displays, researchers at the Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory in Japan have built a high-speed gesture recognition system that instantly responds to hand and finger movements. Which in turn enhances the immersiveness of these interactive displays.


Touch-Sensitive Buttons Will Let New TV Remotes Recognise Gestures

There’s all kinds of fancy touchscreen remotes available today, but when you’re absent-mindedly watching TV, physical buttons mean you don’t have to constantly look down to change the channel. That’s not to say that touchscreen capabilities like gestures aren’t handy, which is why Philips has developed a new kind of remote technology called RevoTouch that brings the best of both worlds.


iOS 7 Is Secretly Baby-Proof

Regardless of what you think of its icons, iOS 7 is a big design shift for Apple and it’s here to stay. When the new OS finally hits consumer phones everywhere, it might be a little surprise for some, but there’s one demographic it’s really going to flummox: babies.


Finally A Chance To Bend The Weather To Your Will

It always rains the day you’re moving or gets really icy when you have a lot of driving ahead of you. Murphy’s Law definitely applies. If you could control the weather things would be much easier, and Design I/O wants you to feel like you can. Their installation allows participants to make it rain, produce wind, drive snow and bust out of ice blocks, all with a wave of your arm.


You Can Control Your iPhone With Your Head In iOS 7

Hidden inside the Accessibility settings of iOS 7 is a sneaky new way to control your iPhone (or iPad): with your head. Yep, with simple left or right head movements you can navigate your iPhone. You’ll look a little bit crazy but ooh wow look at you control your iPhone invisibly.


One Of The Most Underrated Features Of iOS 7

In previous versions of iOS, you had to slide to unlock in one very specific location. Now? Oh man.


Your Home's Wi-Fi Network Could One Day Replace Your Kinect

Gesture-recognition systems, like the Kinect or the upcoming Leap Motion, rely on special hardware and require you to be in a specific place to detect your motions. A limitation that researchers at the University of Washington have all but eliminated by instead using the Wi-Fi network in your home to recognise gestures.


Microsoft's New Kinect: Much More Than Mere Motion Control

I hope you like motion control, because it ain’t going anywhere. Microsoft just announced its new Kinect, and although it’s not literally wired into the Xbox One, it will be coming with every Xbox One sold. But this time Kinect is less about about gaming and more about media than ever.


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