Gestures Go Mobile

“Gestures” as an input mechanism are increasingly popular on computer browsers such as Opera and Firefox, letting users do things just by moving the mouse in a certain way, rather than clicking on something. It appears that some are trying to expand that idea into the mobile world, recognizing that input methods for mobile devices need a real update. As mobile devices become increasingly complex, pushing a bunch of tiny buttons doesn’t always make sense, and some researchers are hoping to add features that will recognize specific body language to perform certain functions. Of course, the risk is always that users will do those same motions at others times, leading to problems. Either that, or they’ll just look silly wiggling around trying to get their phone to answer.

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