Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Nov 2007 19:46 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Perhaps huffing at your computer might get you somewhere if research at the Georgia Institute of Technology comes to fruition. Shwetak Patel and Gregory Abowd from Georgia Tech have published a paper that describes how to use a computer microphone to determine where on a screen a person is blowing. The technique, which they call BLUI for Blowable and Localized User Interaction, can distinguish between the different sounds air makes depending on where the breath is directed. Note: This won't be part of Grow. Just so you know.
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interesting to see this kind of interface
by andyb998 on Wed 14th Nov 2007 20:31 UTC
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Interesting to see this kind of interface, opens opportunities for its playful nature of interaction between people and computers.

Is this actually working? or is it a mock up? Reminds me of similar work by a colleague of mine (sorry for the plug)
You blow on the pipe, and all the icons float around to let you clear your desktop.

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Nintendo DS
by Moya on Wed 14th Nov 2007 21:06 UTC
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i can do the same in my Nintendo DS.

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RE: Nintendo DS
by google_ninja on Thu 15th Nov 2007 06:02 UTC in reply to "Nintendo DS"
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Thats the first thing I thought of too! Blowing out torches in the Phantom Hourglass by blowing at the DS.

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Monica must be proud...
by Harald on Wed 14th Nov 2007 21:19 UTC
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Blowable and Localized User Interaction

First Al Gore invented the internet, and now Bill Clinton has inspired a whole new computing experience!

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by Alex Forster on Wed 14th Nov 2007 21:45 UTC
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I'm not trying to make a joke (no sexual connotations, etc); I say this in all seriousness: Blowing on stuff makes you really dizzy after a very short amount of time. Try blowing rapidly for a minute. You won't be able to.

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RE: Dizzy
by thavith_osn on Wed 14th Nov 2007 23:47 UTC in reply to "Dizzy"
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You make me "dizzy" Miss Lizzy

connotation.sexual = True;


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Open mind
by acobar on Wed 14th Nov 2007 22:37 UTC
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There are a lot of people with disabilities there that could very well make use of this technology. Some don't have or can't move arms so, yes, it is something with a lot of potential.

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I can honstly say...
by sbergman27 on Wed 14th Nov 2007 22:56 UTC
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... that this interface really blows. It'd go great with this wallpaper:


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by mikesum32 on Thu 15th Nov 2007 00:36 UTC
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This almost looks like something out of The Onion.

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by zhulien on Thu 15th Nov 2007 08:32 UTC
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why not lick and spit too? now, a lick screen isn't that bad an idea for adult video games is it?

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by Chris on Thu 15th Nov 2007 18:45 UTC
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I wonder what would happen when you sneeze, BSOD?

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