Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Sep 2010 20:41 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Who says the open source and Free software world only copy but never innovate? Over at Canonical's design blog - you know, the company which does nothing for the Linux world *cough* - someone named Christian Giordano has shared some ideas about how Ubuntu - and therefore, the rest of the Linux world - could make use of hardware sensors to better serve its users. Pretty interesting stuff.
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RE: hmm
by Delgarde on Mon 20th Sep 2010 21:34 UTC in reply to "hmm"
Delgarde
Member since:
2008-08-19

as long as there is a way to turn it off, go nuts!

it looks annoying to me.


Agreed - computers being helpful is good. Computers failing at being helpful, bad. And I'm pretty sure that having the computer using a camera to try to guess whether I want windows full-screen or not falls under the latter...

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RE[2]: hmm
by Moredhas on Mon 20th Sep 2010 21:55 in reply to "RE: hmm"
Moredhas Member since:
2008-04-10

The full screen notifications when you're away seem cool. Some of these things are only ideas for what one would do with sensory input on computers. The truly groundbreaking uses, or more realistically, the "killer app" will probably come after the implementation. We've already "solved" the problem of how to interact with computers, but why not toy with a better solution? Sometimes reinventing the wheel is the right thing to do. You wouldn't want a great big wooden wheel from a horse drawn carriage to be used on a train. A better example, who could possibly want an mp3 player? People can listen to music on the go with a cassette walkman.

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RE[2]: hmm
by WereCatf on Tue 21st Sep 2010 07:39 in reply to "RE: hmm"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Agreed - computers being helpful is good. Computers failing at being helpful, bad.

I can well imagine ripping my hair out in frustration with this thing if it were not possible to turn off. I don't just sit in front of my computer neatly all the time, I turn around to play with my cats, I turn to the side to chat with my girlfriend, sometimes I lean back, sometimes forward, sometimes I am like the effing hunchback of Notredame..oh, and there's kitchen right behind me.

That's a lot of stuff that is in no way intended to be recorded and used to control anything but would undoubtedly be mistaken for such. Tracking eyes doesn't really help either: plenty of people do not have their webcam sitting right in front of them but instead on f.ex. a shelf somewhere nearby. And eye-glasses, make-up, various kinds of eye-related diseases and defects and so on could easily fool the system, especially if the webcam isn't top-notch.

Sure, this thing makes for cool videos and yes, it IS indeed interesting research. But I just can't see it being useful in real life.

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RE[3]: hmm
by Neolander on Tue 21st Sep 2010 16:25 in reply to "RE[2]: hmm"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Indeed. Also, think about the additional eyestrain added by this. Positioning that's not pixel-perfect makes things blurry, and blurry text is hard to read. If it moves, it becomes even worse.

So, if your blurry windows constantly move as you move your head, you'll have a hard time reading what's actually written inside them, inducing much eyestrain when you could have simply grabbed your mouse and clicked the window...

Cool feature, but useless as is, and has a high annoyance potential.

Edited 2010-09-21 16:27 UTC

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RE[2]: hmm
by dayalsoap on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 19:15 in reply to "RE: hmm"
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2010-05-19

edited

Edited 2010-09-23 19:16 UTC

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