7 Things You Should Know About Gesture-Based Computing


Gesture-based computing refers to interfaces where the human body interacts with digital resources without using common input devices, such as a keyboard, mouse, game controller, or voice-entry mechanism. The introduction of the mouse allowed computer inputs to move beyond the linear dimension of the keyboard to two dimensions; gesture-based computing is the next step in that evolution, enabling three-dimensional input that involves users in the computing activity. These interfaces could enable a more active and intuitive learning style that often seems more like play, and one particularly promising area is the combination of gesture-based computing with augmented reality. Gesture-based systems may offer new ways to interact with immersive 3D content and to investigate immersive scenarios.

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