Linked by David Adams on Tue 9th Dec 2008 16:46 UTC, submitted by weildish
OSNews, Generic OSes Sometimes it seems that every new OS that comes out these days is ultimately and altogether quite similar. "It's all been done before," we sigh as new system after system is released with only eye-candy the apparent difference for most users. This new OS, named "g-speak" by its creators, will give one a run for his money. Using special gloves, a user of the system gestures his way about the OS on several wall-sized displays that interact with one another. The makers of g-speak call it "the first major step in [a] computer interface since 1984." Perhaps they are right. See the neat video here. You can even go so far as to dust off your Tom Cruise Minority Report action figure to better savor the future with.
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It hurts
by johnnysaucepn on Tue 9th Dec 2008 17:38 UTC
johnnysaucepn
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2006-08-22

Cute, but must be painful to use to more than a few minutes. I speak from recent experience trialling touchscreens - they're useful for quick demonstrations, or when you need to briefly use a workstation and then walk away, but the main advantage of keyboards and mice is that you can rest your arms.

Or to use a metaphor you kids will understand, try using a Wii remote non-stop all day long.

Edited 2008-12-09 17:39 UTC

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RE: It hurts
by StephenBeDoper on Tue 9th Dec 2008 18:19 in reply to "It hurts"
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

Cute, but must be painful to use to more than a few minutes.


Which is exactly what researchers found when testing "light pens" in the 60s (the first thing that came to mind after reading the description).

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RE: It hurts
by UltraZelda64 on Wed 10th Dec 2008 06:04 in reply to "It hurts"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

...but the main advantage of keyboards and mice is that you can rest your arms.

Or to use a metaphor you kids will understand, try using a Wii remote non-stop all day long.

Not all games require flailing your arms all day (though those that do or are enhanced by it are fun in their own way). And I speak from experience playing having played various Wii games for hours on end. There are quite a few games you can practically play as if you were using a traditional controller, with maybe bump or a pull of the Wiimote every once in a while (if that).

However, I can agree that your point does stand on touchscreens vs. keyboards and mice; with the added bonus that you're *touching* (ie. ruining) an expensive screen. That's what I don't like about the DS (aside from the fact that I can't stand portable gaming).

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