How Gestural Commands Are Making Interfaces Seamless And Intuitive

How Gestural Commands Are Making Interfaces Seamless And Intuitive

Gesture controls allow users to make the most of technology with natural movements, increasing convenience and reducing screen time

  • 7 june 2018

As companies and brands rethink the user experience around digital interfaces, they are implementing designs that incorporate natural inputs, merging physical and digital protocols and leveraging ambient sensing.

In particular, companies are developing sensor-enabled devices that recognize and translate physical motions and gestures into commands, allowing users to use their bodies to seamlessly communicate a desired action and control devices without the need to press a button or ask a voice assistant. Here’s how two developers are marshaling gesture control to make the user experience more intuitive and graceful than ever:

U.S. startup Piccolo is introducing a visual assistant and smart camera that lets users control their TV, lamps, fans, speakers and other devices with simple gestures. Users place the camera in their house and once they get it fixed in position, they open up the app and drag boxes over the internet-connected appliances to set them up. Using motion tracking, pose estimation, 3D reconstruction and deep learning to identify people and gestures at lightning speed, the startup enables intuitive gesture controls so that users never have to worry about finding a remote control again.

Welle is a tiny device that turns any surface into a smart interface by tracking finger movements within a specific area. Users can control connected devices by using simple gestures like drawing circles, lines or letters. Users turn on Welle and open the companion app, which recognizes the nearest Bluetooth-enabled Welle device and automatically connects. Then, users can assign gestures for their favorite actions, or can choose from any of the provided preset gestures, to the device. Once it is set up, users place the device on a flat surface, instantly creating a smart interface, and they can use hand gestures to control all their smart devices,  such as lights, TVs, speakers, doors, thermostats, cameras, curtains, fans and more.

Interface upgrades like gestural commands allow users to make the most of technology—while reducing screen time and eye strain—by synching it with natural movements. For more trends in user experience design, see PSFK’s report Redesigning Interfaces For An Intuitive Experience.

Lead Image: Welle via Facebook

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+internet of things

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