science
Touch Sensitive Buttons Will Let New TV Remotes Recognise Gestures

There's all kinds of fancy touchscreen remotes available today, but when you're absent mindedly watching TV, physical buttons mean you don't have to constantly look down to change the channel. That's not to say that touchscreen capabilities like gestures aren't handy, which is why Philips has developed a new kind of remote technology called RevoTouch that brings the best of both worlds. Read More >>

gadgets
You Can Finally Buy Leap Motion in the UK

After launching in the US earlier this month, and having been on the "coming soon" list for what seems like eons, Leap Motion is available in the UK at last. For seventy of your British pounds, you can get one delivered as soon as tomorrow. I hope all those who pre-ordered it have gotten theirs already. [Amazon] Read More >>

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iOS 7 Is Secretly Baby-Proof

Regardless of what you think of its icons, iOS 7 is a big design shift for Apple, and it's here to stay. When the new OS finally hits consumer phones everywhere, it might be a little surprise for some, but there's one demographic it's really going to flummox: babies. Read More >>

design
Finally a Chance to Bend the Weather to Your Will

It always rains the day you're moving or gets really icy when you have a lot of driving ahead of you. Murphy's Law definitely applies. If you could control the weather things would be much easier, and Design I/O wants you to feel like you can. Its installation allows participants to make it rain, produce wind, drive snow, and bust out of ice blocks, all with a wave of an arm. Read More >>

apps
Leap Motion Controller Hands-On: The Future Is Magic (Now With Apps!)

Greasy fingers are the bane of touchscreens, obscuring the display behind snail trails of oil and streaks of grime. Forget that mess. Leap Motion has promised hands-free PC navigation for months now, and after some hands-on time we can confirm that the future is here, and it's amazing. Read More >>

gadgets
Your Home's Wi-Fi Network Could One Day Replace Your Kinect

Gesture recognition systems like the Kinect, or the upcoming Leap Motion, rely on special hardware and require you to be in a specific place to detect your motions. A limitation that researchers at the University of Washington have all but eliminated by instead using the Wi-Fi network in your home to recognise gestures. Read More >>

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You Could Control Google Glass With a Wink

When was the last time you winked? When was the last time you winked and didn't immediately regret it? It's probably been a while, but Google's aiming making winking cool again(?), by hard-coding some ;) functionality right into Glass. Read More >>

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The Best Secret Google Maps Gesture Is Totally Brilliant

So this is great. Google might have the smartest new gesture we've seen in a while: a smart, simple way to zoom in and out with one hand. Just double tap the screen with your thumb—anywhere on the screen is fine—and on the second tap, hold your finger down. Now slide your finger up and down. Zooming! Read More >>

gadgets
Who Needs to Actually Touch a Screen When You Can Just Point at It?

This may sound a little far fetched, but a gesture research company called Eyesight is offering up a purely software-based solution for tracking your delicate little digits. It uses your device's existing camera to track the movement of your hands, and specifically, your fingertips. It's like Kinect condensed down, and supposedly sensitive enough to monitor a single finger at up to 5-metres away. Read More >>

tablets
Knuckle and Fingernail Gestures Could Be Coming Soon to a Touchscreen Near You

For the moment, your arsenal of touchscreen gestures is effectively limited by the number of fingers you can use, a ten-finger gesture isn't going to be particularly helpful for most of us. New tech that can tell the difference between fingertips, knuckles, and fingernails however, could throw some more variables into the mix. Read More >>

twitter
Please Don't Ever Make the "Hashtag" Finger Gesture

You know that "quote" thing people do in the air with their fingers? There's a move afoot to introduce a similar thing for illustrating Twitter hashtags, letting fashionable media types add a "hashtag" to their conversation without actually having to say the word. Read More >>

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iOS Doesn't Need More Stupid Gestures

How many gestures can Apple implement in iOS? Apparently not enough! These new gestures, detailed in a recent patent may end up in your iPad or iPhone in the future. Please please please please no. Read More >>

gadgets
Unlock Doors With Whatever Masonic Handshake Floats Your Boat

Who needs a key when you've got your hands? That's what boffins from the Technology and Science Institute of Northern Taiwan thought, which lead to gesture-based locks. Read More >>

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