android
12 Android Gestures You Might Not Know About

Android is a powerful mobile operating system that provides a lot more customisation options than its competitors (namely the iPhone). Although the ins and outs of a handset can vary between phone makers, these Android shortcuts should work no matter what model of phone you’re using. Here are 12 gestures you can use on Android that you might not know about. Read More >>

virtual reality
Microsoft Wants Your Hands to Join You in VR Worlds

Your job has the potential to be a lot cooler once everyone has a pair of VR goggles strapped to their face — unless Microsoft has something to say about it. The company is working towards bringing hand motions and gestures into virtual worlds, with the goal of having you press buttons and pull levers just like your boring nine-to-five has you doing right now. Read More >>

xbox one
Kinect Gesture Control Binned from Xbox One’s New Dash

That new Xbox One dashboard thing should hit everyone's consoles this week, and there's going to be one or two more confused and angry gamers waving their arms around in clueless fury than usual -- because it removes Kinect gesture input. Read More >>

design
You Set This Analogue Watch With Swipes, Not Dials

If you needed any further proof that buttons, dials, and knobs are slowly being completely replaced by touch-sensitive alternatives, Rado's new HyperChrome Touch Dual Timer watch is Exhibit A. Its old-school analogue display looks traditional enough, but finger gestures have replaced dials when it comes to setting the time. Read More >>

science
Touch Sensitive Buttons Will Let New TV Remotes Recognise Gestures

There's all kinds of fancy touchscreen remotes available today, but when you're absent mindedly watching TV, physical buttons mean you don't have to constantly look down to change the channel. That's not to say that touchscreen capabilities like gestures aren't handy, which is why Philips has developed a new kind of remote technology called RevoTouch that brings the best of both worlds. Read More >>

gadgets
You Can Finally Buy Leap Motion in the UK

After launching in the US earlier this month, and having been on the "coming soon" list for what seems like eons, Leap Motion is available in the UK at last. For seventy of your British pounds, you can get one delivered as soon as tomorrow. I hope all those who pre-ordered it have gotten theirs already. [Amazon] Read More >>

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lightning review
Leap Motion Controller Review: Waiting For the Future to Catch Up

Ever since Leap Motion teased its small, high-resolution motion controller over a year ago, we've all been itching to get our hands on it, so to speak. And here's the deal folks: it is a spectacularly competent motion controller for your PC. The catch is, that's worth less than you might think. Read More >>

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iOS 7 Is Secretly Baby-Proof

Regardless of what you think of its icons, iOS 7 is a big design shift for Apple, and it's here to stay. When the new OS finally hits consumer phones everywhere, it might be a little surprise for some, but there's one demographic it's really going to flummox: babies. Read More >>

Weather
design
Finally a Chance to Bend the Weather to Your Will

It always rains the day you're moving or gets really icy when you have a lot of driving ahead of you. Murphy's Law definitely applies. If you could control the weather things would be much easier, and Design I/O wants you to feel like you can. Its installation allows participants to make it rain, produce wind, drive snow, and bust out of ice blocks, all with a wave of an arm. Read More >>

apps
Leap Motion Controller Hands-On: The Future Is Magic (Now With Apps!)

Greasy fingers are the bane of touchscreens, obscuring the display behind snail trails of oil and streaks of grime. Forget that mess. Leap Motion has promised hands-free PC navigation for months now, and after some hands-on time we can confirm that the future is here, and it's amazing. Read More >>

gadgets
Your Home’s Wi-Fi Network Could One Day Replace Your Kinect

Gesture recognition systems like the Kinect, or the upcoming Leap Motion, rely on special hardware and require you to be in a specific place to detect your motions. A limitation that researchers at the University of Washington have all but eliminated by instead using the Wi-Fi network in your home to recognise gestures. Read More >>

google glass
You Could Control Google Glass With a Wink

When was the last time you winked? When was the last time you winked and didn't immediately regret it? It's probably been a while, but Google's aiming making winking cool again(?), by hard-coding some ;) functionality right into Glass. Read More >>

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The Best Secret Google Maps Gesture Is Totally Brilliant

So this is great. Google might have the smartest new gesture we've seen in a while: a smart, simple way to zoom in and out with one hand. Just double tap the screen with your thumb—anywhere on the screen is fine—and on the second tap, hold your finger down. Now slide your finger up and down. Zooming! Read More >>

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gadgets
Who Needs to Actually Touch a Screen When You Can Just Point at It?

This may sound a little far fetched, but a gesture research company called Eyesight is offering up a purely software-based solution for tracking your delicate little digits. It uses your device's existing camera to track the movement of your hands, and specifically, your fingertips. It's like Kinect condensed down, and supposedly sensitive enough to monitor a single finger at up to 5-metres away. Read More >>