As technology advances, it seems the public are getting access to more and more amazing features that we could ever have dreamed of even a decade ago. One of the most popular of these advancements is the use of gesture control being integrated into our gadgets.
Best Smart Gesture Controlled Gadgets
Forget remote controls or voice control, with gesture control we can simply wave at our favourite pieces of tech to let them know exactly what we want.
It might sound like something out of a science fiction novel, but gesture control is becoming increasingly standard in various apps and gadgets, so it will be interesting to see how much it advances over the next few years. In the meantime, here are just a few of our favourites uses of gesture control that you can get access to right now:
Drones are becoming incredibly popular, indeed, there are even official drone racing leagues now. However, the DJI Spark is taking the drone experience to a whole new level, as this is a video recording drone that actually responds to hand gestures.
This means if you want to take a natural looking video, without one of you stuck using a remote control, the Spark makes this possible. Perfect for sports events, weddings or just a day out on the beach with friends, the drone flies smoothly through the skies filming your day seamlessly – meaning no more shaky camera shots that we’re used to in home videos.
Plus, the Spark uses smart technology with integrated GPS so it always knows where it is, even if you can’t see it in the sky, the drone will return to you. Meaning you get peace of mind.
The Duet app is the brainchild of ex-Apple engineers, which allows you to turn your iPad or iPhone into a second monitor for your Mac or PC for just $19.99 a year. Not only is this really useful if you like to browse social media or the internet while watching a movie simultaneously, the Duet app also has some seriously nifty gesture controls that are particularly useful for graphic designers and artists.
With the new update, by linking your iPad you can turn it into your own professional graphics tablet in conjunction with an Apple pen. Once connected, you can use gesture features such as tilt sensitivity, palm rejection and pressure sensitivity.
If you love photography, but hate the idea of Instagram/Snapchat type filters and stickers, then Halide is the camera upgrade your phone needs. The app itself is simple; there’s no cropping, HDR or video capture. Rather, the app focuses on perfecting your focus and integrating gesture controls to make capturing the perfect photograph much simpler.
The gesture controls themselves take a little practice to get used to, but once committed to memory you’ll be using them without thinking. These include a vertical swipe to adjust exposure and a virtual tap to toggle focus peaking as well as a digital grid to help ensure you align your screen for the optimal composition.
The real genius of gesture control advancements in our gadgets is that they bring a totally new dimension to how we play games. Take the PartyPoker app, which is successfully using gesture controls to allow users to feel more like they’re at a real poker table, rather than sitting on the train home from work.
Like a physical poker game, the app allows users to drag bets on to the table, increase/decrease bets with a finger slide and even flick your cards into the muck. This gesture control integration is certainly a welcome step towards improving our online gaming experience. 🙂