Hey, speaking of things in 2010 that feel like they came from the 80’s – no, not me – check out these gloves. Robert Wang, an MIT student, and his professor Jovan Popović, have developed the ugliest gloves I’ve ever seen in my life.
But there’s a purpose for the fashion faux pas being committed here, and I’ll touch on that in a moment – first, you’re probably still wondering why the hell I’m talking about gloves to begin with.
Simply put, you’re looking at the future of gesture interfaces. Wang and Popović have managed to develop gesture gloves that actually digitally recreate your entire hand, allowing for much more control than traditional, fingertip-based systems.
So why are they so… ugly? The system works via webcam – the computer has to be able to SEE the gloves, and so Wang and Popović chose colors that could easily be rendered distinct from each other and the background, for the computer to be able to render an accurate model. That said, if your tablecloth sports a similar color scheme, you’re boned.
Nevertheless, this design is really impressive – there is almost zero latency, the simulation is absurdly accurate, and the gloves cost less than a dollar. The future of interaction meets the past of fashion? You bet.