Gesture Control Software: Will it ever take off?

Gesture Control Software: Will it ever take off?

Anyone who’s been waiting for the futuristic gesture control software a-la James Bond and Iron Man will be disappointed to learn that, despite many gesture control software releases of late, they should probably keep waiting. Why? The technology is really just not ready for the market yet.

Programs like Kinect from Microsoft, Leap Motion and the recently out Pointgrab have made valiant attempts to pander to those who can’t wait to get their hands on this technology, but the world they promise isn’t finished being built.

A recent article in TechCrunch investigated whether the technology will ever take off or if it’s even necessary, stating, “A lot of startups and other companies are chasing this carrot - and it begs the question of whether there’s even a carrot to chase.” Gesture control software takes touchscreen technology to another level, moving past even needing to make physical contact with the computer screen - but is this actually more convenient and user-friendly?

When did gesture control software first hit stores?

HP released the first gesture-controlled laptop in early September of this year. The HP ENVY 17 Leap Motion Special Edition uses gesture control software to enable users to stand six to twelve inches away from the sensor to motion which way they want the controls to move. The software is mainly designed for education, games, productivity apps and creative tools. Gesture control also allows for easier remote control fixes without ever having to visit a repair store, as users can navigate Windows 8 and other software without ever touching the laptop. This is available through the software’s third party application.

One successful gesture control software is the popular Wii Sports. Wii Sports uses gesture control software to play games. Games such as golf, bowling, baseball, tennis, boxing and many others simulate what playing the games in real life is more like than the typical gaming systems.

What are the advantages of using gesture control software?

Gesture control software allows the user more freedom when using a device. This type of software is ideal for artists with programs allowing them to simulate using a paintbrush on a canvas. It’s also more interactive when it comes to educational programming. This creates a more realistic game setting as well as education setting.

What are the disadvantages of using gesture control software?

Gesture control software requires much more battery life than the average software. HP actually even recommends plugging in the HP Envy 17 Leap Motion Special Edition before using the Gesture Control Software - which limits where the laptop can be placed. The sensor can be turned off to save battery life - but then of course it can’t be used at the same time. Gesture-controlled laptops lean towards the pricier side of the laptop spectrum, with HP’s ringing in at $1,100.

TechCrunch quotes gesture control reviews - in particular Leap Motion - as being overly sensitive and “finicky.” Using gesture control motion isn’t as quick as touch screen or manual technology. The detection is often known for being unreliable. TechCrunch compares touch screen and gesture control software, leaning in favor of the traditional approach, stating,  “Wouldn’t it be much easier to work with a traditional multi-monitor setup, keyboard and mouse to accomplish the same thing?” At this early stage of the software being on the market, it’s more work than using its established, traditional counterparts.

Will gesture control software ever take off?

Gesture control software can be installed into any laptop or PC device. The software can be integrated into smartphones as well, and is looking to be available for television within the next year. The software has only been out for a couple months and it will naturally take a while to work the kinks out. While the world may be moving towards a more Minority Report or Ironman-esque technology style, it’s hard to tell what may come in the future for gesture control software. But at the moment, the software is less convenient, more expensive and less reliable. The software seems as if it was destined for failure with unrealistic assumptions. It’s a difficult road to recovery after mass consumer disappointment. We’ll have to wait and see how forgiving the market is willing to be, and how quickly the gesture control engineers can work miracles.