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The phrase 'crumpled heap' comes to mind.
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If we are going to be able to do anything we want to then what
we going to spend our time doing? Well we are probably built
for lazily navigating, using all of our appendages, in a more 3d
environment than we are used to now -- by swinging from branch
branch. So this is
an immersive 360 degree screen with the input
"mice" being a series of "branches", "fruits", and "vines", that allow
you to put some weight on them and then have them move toward
recede behind you sending information to the background screen
that you have moved forward so that the scenery changes.
Alternatively we could just move back to the trees.
Humans evolved hand control while still quadrupeds
[JesusHChrist, Oct 08 2013]
||//we are probably built mostly for lazily navigating,
using all of our appendages... by swinging from
branch to branch//
||I am built almost exclusively for walking and driving.
I have tried swinging from branch to branch in past,
and only completed the first part of the process.
||It is difficult to support one's whole weight with one arm.
But I am guessing that most navigation in 3 dimensions in
trees since we have been closer to the size we are now has
been anchored at at least three other points rather than
being an independent swing. Also, appendages probably
evolved to look mostly like they are now when we were a
lot smaller and lighter, so this kind of interface would try
to simulate that environment, by using exaggeration and
adaption between the physical and virtual aspects of the
system -- by making it seem easier to do things than it
||But I am not married to the branches thing. The essential
idea is size-appropriate mice -- appropriate to the type of
motion that probably guided the evolution that brought
appendages to their current approximate size and strength
relative to the rest of our body. I am just thinking that was
||The last few million years of the evolution of our arms may
have been guided by gyroscoping, transferring resources
and defense, but many more millions before that I am
guessing, were dedicated to more direct forms of
navigation, and I bet we would fall right back into the
habit, and that the use of our energy in that way would
probably be a lot greener.
||It shouldn't be too horrible to build a browser application that presents as vines (links) and fruits (home pages).
||Yahoo used to have an area that presented in a tree structure. It was helpful in certain kinds of searching in that it had a very narrow focus at the end of the branch. Left most of the stuff you didn't want to see out.
||A whole body "mouse" inside a playground structure , jungle gym, at the park or a virtual world with a regular mouse would be used to access it..