Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Mar 2006 18:45 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft doesn't believe hands are the only vehicle for driving computers. Feet are equally valid for scrolling and cataloging e-mail and photos, among other tasks, according to researchers working in Microsoft's main Redmond research lab. In fact, for those for whom hands are less of an option, as a result of disabilities or injuries, feet might be the optimal solution. Microsoft Research's StepUI, or Step User Interface, is custom-made for these individuals.
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Good idea!
by peejay on Wed 1st Mar 2006 19:57 UTC
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With StepUI, users can use an off-the-shelf dance pad to perform simple e-mail commands, such as scroll, open, close, delete, flag and move messages into folders.

Gnome needs this so we can all play Dance Dance Evolution. ;)

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RE: Good idea!
by TaterSalad on Wed 1st Mar 2006 20:07 UTC in reply to "Good idea!"
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Modded up one point just for the mere humor I found in that post.

Note to self: Learn to use the reply button when responding to someone else's post.

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Health benefits
by TaterSalad on Wed 1st Mar 2006 20:12 UTC
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I can see some health benefits to this, burning calories and staying motivated and all, but what about the disadvantages? Will this cause people to have knee and joint problems much like those users having it in their arms and wrists? I'd hate to see the effects of carpal tunnel transfered from the arm to the leg.

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RE: Health benefits
by ApproachingZero on Wed 1st Mar 2006 21:54 UTC in reply to "Health benefits"
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I wouldn't worry about it. No one will ever use this for anything. If it makes it out of the lab (which I doubt) it'll be as an accessory for the XBox360, not for emailing grandma.

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by setuid_w00t on Wed 1st Mar 2006 22:21 UTC
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One-handed typing could be a thing of the past.

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RE: Applications...
by jayson.knight on Wed 1st Mar 2006 22:35 UTC in reply to "Applications..."
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Didn't you mean one handed internet surfing? ;-)

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RE[2]: Applications...
by makc on Thu 2nd Mar 2006 10:57 UTC in reply to "RE: Applications..."
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hehehe i tought the same joke...

seriously, i know some people with disabilities using computers. apart being nothing new or spactuacular, it's not what most people with body disabilities could easily use... first of all because it they're on a wheel chair they have foot motion but not leg motion.

for single handed / no hands people having a pointing device (why not, a feet trackball.. ;) + vocal control / virtual keyboard seems me a more practical thing for normal use of a pc.

having an handicap-compliant simplified command set for email clients and web browsers (gestures + pointing device works) is a nice idea tough.

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Stupid Idea
by joshuap on Wed 1st Mar 2006 22:39 UTC
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Ok, so the Mac mini was a let down, as was the iPod Hi-Fi, but all Microsoft shows us in their event is a DDR email device? That is the dumbest idea ever.

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Monkey dance
by visconde_de_sabugosa on Wed 1st Mar 2006 22:50 UTC
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Yes, now it will be more easy to dance the Balmer monkey dance :-)

When using windows, I always use my foot to ... kick my PC when I see a BSOD.

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Welcome to 1967
by Tyr. on Thu 2nd Mar 2006 00:03 UTC
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What a "breakthrough" from MS Research. Here's an exerpt from an interview with Doug Engelbart (inventor of the mouse) :

"Q:The paper you and Bill English published in early 1967 discussing this test also referred to a “knee-control” device that appeared promising...

A:That device was based on my observation that the human foot was a pretty sensitive controller of the gas pedal in cars. With a little work, we discovered that the knee offered even better control at slight movements in all directions. In tests, it outperformed the mouse by a small margin."

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RE: Welcome to 1967
by StephenBeDoper on Thu 2nd Mar 2006 08:05 UTC in reply to "Welcome to 1967"
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"Q:The paper you and Bill English published in early 1967 discussing this test also referred to a “knee-control” device that appeared promising...

Neat, HCI by Singer.

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That's all very well...
by Michael on Thu 2nd Mar 2006 13:21 UTC
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...but I'm sitting here with my legs crossed.

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OMG, let me just say this
by Edward on Thu 2nd Mar 2006 17:54 UTC
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