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for technology's sake


Photography and music are my two passions. I edited photography magazines for around 20 years and launched the UK's first digital imaging magazine. I founded ePHOTOzine and was owner / publisher until 2013. The photos in my portfolio are ones I like from shoots I do in any spare time I have.
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for technology's sake

29 Aug 2009 12:59PM   Views : 333 Unique : 283

Having watched this video featuring G-Speak's spatial operating environment I have this question: "why?" And I think the answer is: "because they can".
You may initially go "wow" but would you use it? I cant say I'd want to slip on a pair of gloves and then perform like that. Ok RSI could become a thing of the past, but there's something about the simple interaction with a mouse and keyboard that makes sense.
I remember a similar concept with music. A device that used gloves to play an air instrument. The singer from Marillion demoed it on some kids program. Jean Michel Jarre strutted his stuff with it in his huge impressive concerts. But for the rest of the musician world they connected with their instruments.
While the lab technicians feel proud that they've stepped outside of the box and broken new boundaries I think sometimes technology is taking us to places we have no desire to go to.
Would you use this kind of environment? I don't think I will.

Tags: Technology Spatial operating environment


KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
29 Aug 2009 2:20PM
No, I'd probably never use this - but I can see it being used in teaching establishments. Or a way to put forward your ideas in Engineering, or in the development of new town/city areas. Sometimes showing something in 3D puts across your ideas better then stationary pictures.

Just because we have no desire to go there, is no reason not to go there! Smile

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conrad 13 10.9k 116
31 Aug 2009 2:46PM
Karen makes a good point.

There might very well be uses for it. I could see this being handy in command centers (war rooms, for instance), instruction rooms, etc. But I do think the use would be limited.

And even if it had no particular use now, there's always a possibility that inventing something like this could lead to other, more useful ideas later.

You never know!
LisaRose 11 172 4 United States
31 Aug 2009 8:16PM
I can see how this would have a place somewhere, but for personal use at home, no. Sometimes it seems like the more "new and improved" things are, the more of a pain they are too. IMHO

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