Texture & Motion Sensor From Autodesk Research, an Innovative HMI

The Magic Finger is a peripheral that fits around the index finger like a thimble and can be used to perform functions on a main device to which it is paired.   (Source: Autodesk)
The Magic Finger is a peripheral that fits around the index finger like a thimble and can be used to perform functions on a main device to which it is paired.
(Source: Autodesk)

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jname   11/9/2012 2:31:18 PM
Thanks for the interesting article, Cabe.  Have you any links for the above information?


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johnmoran   11/12/2012 4:30:35 PM


Herewith a link - faster that waiting for an editorial reply.


Regards - John

Cabe Atwell
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Cabe Atwell   11/12/2012 5:05:59 PM


Right from the horse's mouth, so to speak. http://autodesk.blogs.com/between_the_lines/2012/10/magic-finger-for-your-designs.html

Honestly, I would like to see something less cumbersome. Although it seems innovative, something handsfree, the Microsoft Kinect for example, is the direction I see most HMIs taking.

Just a thought.






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Interesting concept but practical?
Nancy Golden   11/12/2012 4:18:25 PM
Interesting concept, but I am not sure how viable it would be. It seems like certain tasks would be linked with certain gestures and in order for the person to call home - they would have to remember what gesture to make...and what would happen if I scratched my nose unintentionally? I think the sensing mechanisms and the concept do have application - I am just wondering if it would be highly niched and the applications would reflect that? That seems to make more sense to me than a generic device that could perform 32 functions because of its ability to differentiate - I probably wouldn't remember more than 2-3...we tend to say more is better but that is not always the case...

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Re: Interesting concept but practical?
Cabe Atwell   11/26/2012 3:31:07 PM
On a related note:

As I am looking to buy a new laptop, I am considering a touchscreen model (Windows 8). Is touch really useful for work like CAD? Anyone have experience?


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