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Using Fingernails as Gesture Touchpoints in a Virtual World

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122872D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Redpath, SD: AUTHOR

Abstract

Input for virtual worlds will require gestures. Today, these gestures are only being discovered. In the future, the gestures will become as standard as the results of a double click with the mouse is today. The navigation and manipulation of data in a three dimensional environment will increase the level of complex interaction that we know for computers today. In a three dimensional environment, the presentation of computer-like elements such as icons and windows will become inappropriate. They will break the visual metaphor. However, the direct physical interaction that a human will have with the environment will increase. Therefore, we can map what we use the mouse for today into gestures. This means that the number of physical gestures that have meaning will increase.

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Using Fingernails as Gesture Touchpoints in a Virtual World

      Input for virtual worlds will require gestures.  Today, these
gestures are only being discovered.  In the future, the gestures will
become as standard as the results of a double click with the mouse is
today.  The navigation and manipulation of data in a three
dimensional environment will increase the level of complex
interaction that we know  for computers today.  In a three
dimensional environment, the presentation of computer-like elements
such as icons and windows will become inappropriate.  They will break
the visual metaphor.  However, the direct physical interaction that a
human will have with the environment will increase.  Therefore, we
can map what we use the mouse  for today into gestures.  This means
that the number of physical gestures  that have meaning will
increase.  These gestures will need to be discreet, since wild
gesturing as viewed by other avatars in the virtual  space could be
misinterpreted.

      Use the fingernails of the avatar as sensitive input
mechanisms.  In other words, if an avatar touches his thumbnail with
his index finger, it could be assigned a meaning for input to the
computer, such as dial a spouse's phone.  Or, if he touches his left
index finger with his right pinky, it would have a different
meaning.  Consequently, in this way not only the fingernails are
sensitive but, also, the fingertips because different combinations of
the two could have...