Monday, December 8, 2008

Need for Standard Gesture Library

Due to the rapid advent of multi-touch user interface, so many companies are now providing their own gesture sets.

Jonathan Brill posted an interesting article on the need of a standard multi-touch gesture library. Especially, he wants Microsoft to publish a de facto standard gesture library with a community common license.

I totally agree with him. But I am not sure if it is possible to make an easy-to-use and remember gesture set without IP violation. For example, Apple has a patent that claims two-finger open- and close-pinch gestures and many other companies also have filed their own multi-touch gestures.

I just hope relevant companies well resolve the IP problem for the rest of us not to use clumsy multi-touch gestures.

PS: I like PQ Labs gesture set. Their multi-touch gestures seem to be useful to navigate 3D virtual world.


Jonathan Brill said...

I agree it looks cool, but from a practical usability viewpoint, it's a nightmare.

Every gesture in the demo could be done more quickly and more comfortably with one hand.

~Jonathan Brill

Touch User Interface said...

Yes, you're right. Gestures should be more refined to be easily learned by normal users.

Anyway, I think it's worth while to notice that touch gestures are now applied to 3D user interfaces.

As far as I know, most (multi-)touch gesture demos have been focusing on controlling 2D GUI.


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