What Human Gestures Have Our Gadgets Made Instinctive? [Pics]

What Human Gestures Have Our Gadgets Made Instinctive? [Pics]

A research project looks at how technology has brought about a new set of movements and postures we didn’t use before.

Emma Hutchings
  • 11 february 2013

Our wide range of devices and gadgets have brought about a new set of gestures and postures we didn’t use before. Hyperallergic notes that research project Curious Rituals examines these interactions we have acquired in order to easily control technology.

The team; Nicolas Nova, Katherine Miyake, Nancy Kwon, and Walton Chiu, have released a PDF publication exploring the physical actions that have become everyday habits for some.

Examining The Gestures We Use To Interact With Devices [Pics]

They include “Clicker Casting”; the way we use remote controls, “The Security Pass Hip Bump”; lifting a pocket or bag containing a clearance card to get through a barrier or unlock a door, and the “Wake-Up Waggle”; tapping a computer’s keyboard and moving the mouse to wake it up. The book notes:

Fixing strategies, nervous tics, device juggling or courtesy postures, to name just a few, are not only peculiar interaction habits, they reveal how people normalize so-called “futuristic technologies” or what seemed magical and complex at first. They highlight the ingenuity users employ to repurpose and adapt digital technologies to their own context. One should see these insights as constant design patterns in the evolution of technological products and services.

Click through to see some images of the gestures in Curious Rituals:

Curious Rituals

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