gesture interaction

Elliptic Labs pushes for better gesture controls in devices

It’s a different kind of evolution, the way we interact with our devices – call it “reverse evolution” maybe, as the more we delve into better technology for our gadgets, the less physical interaction we demand from them. So device manufacturers come up with gestures, but most of those still require physical interaction through touchscreen or any other part of the device. Elliptic Labs has a viable solution called “multi-layer interaction”.

Kiwi for Android Wear controls smartphone with gestures

If it’s always been your dream to control your smartphone with Jedi mind tricks, well you’re one step closer to that with a new app for your smartwatch. Kiwi for Android Wear allows you to control your smartphone through your wearable device not by actually touching it but through hand gestures that are set for specific actions. Yes, just a wave of your hand can now let you use your gadgets even without taking it out of your bag or pocket.

Now Browser is lightweight and wants to look Material

No, this isn't yet another port of an Android L app for non-Android L devices. Now Browser, which was also called Material Browser, is a totally new app that just happens to take its aesthetic inspiration from Google's latest design thrust. However, that name might be a tad deceptive, as the main selling point of Now Browser is that it occupies only 160 KB of your device storage.

QuickCamera launches your camera with a flick of the wrist

If you've fallen in love with the Moto X's features but can't part ways with your trusted smartphone, then there are various apps available that try to emulate that experience. One of the missing puzzles is now available in the form QuickCamera, an app that will launch your immediately camera app with a simple twisting motion.

Cruising with Sailfish OS: a preview of possibilities

When Finnish company Jolla tried to fulfill its promise of bringing forth a smartphone unlike any other, it didn't exactly make a big splash. Nonetheless, it is still continuing to send ripples that are now reaching Android shores. Here we take a peek at what more adventurous users might soon see on their home screen or even on their device itself.

Air Swiper app lets you control your device with a wave

Touchless control seems to be a fad these days, with both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the newly announced Motorola Moto X supporting some form of air gestures to access some functionality on the device. Whether it's to avoid greasy smudges or to have some stylish way of dismissing calls and messages, fans of the gesture-based system need not pine for new phones just to get this feature.

Sony Xperia sola officially announced with camera gestures and NFC tags

That "Pepper" handset we saw yesterday didn't stay obscure for very long. Sony has just announced the Xperia sola (keeping its maddening trend of strange capitalization going strong) for launch in the second quarter of 2012 in Europe. Other territories will follow, presumably including Japan and (eventually) the US. The Sola fits in between the Xperia U and Xperia P announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this month, adding in premium features including camera gestures and NFC tags.
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