Gesture-based computer interfaces

gesture-based

Many tech developers tend to take on bigger and bigger challenges after they have cracked their last one, because that is the only way how to ensure that technology is constantly evolving and pushing the limits of what we think is possible. And that is what Microsoft is doing too, with developing a gesture-based computer interface that will be able to translate out hand gestures into their renderings on the screen.

This technology have several names, but most often it is called either gesture-based interface or gesture recognition, since that essentially is what the program does, it recognizes gestures either hand gestures or nowadays ever so popular face gestures and interprets them on some kind of output device. This interpretation usually happens using mathematical algorithms, however there is still a lot of work to do in this field, since recognition and identification of hand and face gesture is hard even for humans, let alone a computer.

gesture-based computer interfaces

Progress towards this technology can be seen in the form of the DeepHand, a system developed at the Indiana based Purdue University, which uses a depth-sensing camera to read the movements a human hand makes and then with the help of deep-learning network translates them into their accurate renderings in a virtual reality environment. Another version of this interface in a more consumer friendly option is the Leap Motion Controller, a motion sensor that connect to software on your computer and it allows for people to control their computers with their movements instead of their keyboard and mouse. On top of that Leap Motion have released several apps, that also can be used with the controller, allowing you to experience gesture-based interface usage for yourself.

And Microsoft, too, right now is working towards a hand tracking, heptic technology and gesture input interface systems, so in the future we will be able to interact with virtual objects in our computers just as we are interacting with objects in real world. It could be the thing that people are looking for to improve how we use computers and other similar devices. Imagine if we would have to have a keyboard or a mouse, but we could still use the computer just as well just by using out hands. But the other great thing about gesture recognition will be that it will also make it possible for our technology to anticipate our needs and therefore respond to us better, so we can have a better and experience using any computer like device.

Programs you have to have on your computer

Weather you just bought a new computer or had your computer cleaned and equipped wit new Windows installation, you will preferably need to reinstall all your programs anew, since new installation usually means completely blank canvas of a computer. But if you don’t know where to start with all of your programs and applications, then here is a list of programs that are a must for any computer.

Zipping and unzipping program

7zip and winrar

One thing that every computer user needs to have is a zipping and unzipping program, because many times different files like TV shows, movies or even a batch of pictures from that party you went to last night can come to you in zipped form. Two programs that are the most popular among computer users are WinRar and 7-Zip. You can use them to unzip files as well as for zipping your own files in a more compressed file, that is much smaller in size and therefore that will be easier to send to someone or will take up less space on your hard-drive.

Dropbox

dropbox

Another program that you should have on your computer, is Dropbox. Yes, you can use it via the Internet and you will have to make an account to use it, but it is a great way how to share files with other people, how to have access to certain files from anywhere in the world or simply how to have a back up of your files. On top of that it is free to a certain storage amount and it is easy to understand and operate, so you can use it even if you don’t have many years of computer use under your belt.

Skype

Skype

Then there is the one program that will let you easily chat or even video chat with your friends and family and it is Skype. It is simple to use and provides other options beyond chatting, like easy file exchange and a huge verity of different emojis to choose from to make your chats more fun. I use Skype daily for work as well as in private life, so I can attest to how essential it is to have Skype on your computer.

Antivirus program

Antivirus

And lastly you also need to have some type of antivirus program on your computer. If the tech guy haven’t already installed it on your computer then you need to do it as soon as you boot up your computer. Programs like AVG, Panda, Bitdefender and AVIRA are some of the options you can chose from, that can be downloaded and used for free and whose free versions actually work perfect and will keep your commuter safe from malware.