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Where mouse? There mouse - Theremin Mouse
A 3D hand wavy mouse that operates using the same technology as
theremin. Symmetrical, so that those right handed people could
and use one, too.
Effectively, the antennas would be the length of the height of the
sides of the screen of the device you're using. Your hands are more
going to fall to either side of the screen than
anywhere in front of it or actually on the glass, as we have arms
on each side rather than in the middle. Instead of contacting the
glass of the screen, the theremin-like radio circuitry is able to
pick up variation, rather than merely contact/no contact. Thus,
quantities and amounts can be expressed by expression of our
hands. Whilst very fine amounts of expression could be achieved,
the boundary between 'not interacting at all with the theremin
mouse' and 'coming within range of it' should be able to be
discriminated / learned fairly easily, such that there's minimal
confusion with just any old gesture we might do. There'd be a
reasonably distinct sense of being out of range of it, versus within
range of expected pickup.
One advantage would be if this also preserved the sound aspect of
a real theremin (for that is what this actually is, but for sensing,
only the radio section would be really required, but, you know,
let's have the audio anyway). This would just sound nice. No other
reason, although I'm tempted to shoehorn in a good technical
3d hand wavy motion/gesture control. [tatterdemalion, Jun 05 2017]
||// so that those right handed people could try and use one, too //
||<Obligatory Holy Grail Misquote>
||"We have found a warlock, may we burn him ?"
||I assumed a theramin took input on a one-dimensional scale. Is that not the case?
If it is, how are you planning to map multiple dimensions? You could use both hands of course, but I think it would be awkward and anyway doesn't seem to be what you're proposing.
||Both hands, because when we gesture we often use both
hands. However, many times we'll gesture with one hand,
and the meaning is still conveyed (assisted somewhat by
any sound coming out of our mouths, sometimes). Using
triangulation, it can also make a small 'ting' sound.
||//let's have the audio anyway//
||"Window over there ... swoosh. Window to foreground. Discard window ... swoosh. Zoom window 1, window 2. Move window 1, close window 2 ... close window 2 ... CLOSE WINDOW 2. Fuck it! C.L.O.S.E. W.I.N.D.O.W 2 !! FUCKING WINDOWS!!!"
||^ When someone thinks that a 3D mouse domain will create the Dr.Who theme tune.