[extropy-chat] Read All About It

Emlyn emlynoregan at gmail.com
Tue Jul 13 12:04:04 UTC 2004

On Tue, 13 Jul 2004 19:25:27 +0100, David <deimtee at optusnet.com.au> wrote:
> Since you'd be wearing glasses anyway, how about picking up jaw muscle
> movements and/or humming notes for control. You would only need a few
> different controls, and this would let you read hands-free. Would also
> be useful for paralysis victims.
> -david

I was just watching Australian Idol... humming notes would be a *bad*
idea. People's PCs would be going bezerk! OTOH, basic computer use
training courses would be replaced by singing lessons, which would be
lucrative for my household, so I say go for it!

> Eugen Leitl wrote:
> > On Mon, Jul 12, 2004 at 08:06:17PM -0700, Adrian Tymes wrote:
> >
> >
> >>How about a small touchpad on the side of the
> >>glasses?  Big enough to sense up/down/left/right and
> >>"hard" (finger pressing so much it covers most of the
> >>pad), which could be a click.  (Though you'd want a
> >>little latency, so you can go from nothing to click
> >>without acting on the up/down/left/right you'd pass
> >>through.)
> >
> >
> > Fails even armchair usability tests. Gestures are easier. One could also
> > think about a hand mouse, with scroll wheel(s), thumb pad area, etc. UWB
> > should be low enough power for sufficiently long battery time at the range.
> >
> > Don't forget voice input, too, it's easier than limb tracking from video.
> > I'm not sure whether using immobile CPU for crunch will fly, it will restrict
> > usability outside of home.

If you are already wearing some kind of hud, why not add a mini
camera, then track eye movements for the cursor? That's already being
done for other applications.

> >
> > Otoh, there's always the disparity how much crunch you can get for the given
> > battery time.
> >

Take a look at the latest ipaqs from HP... tiny, light, pretty good
processors, and loooong battery life (a guy who works with me and has
one claims it can do 12 hours of constant usage).


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