Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Gareth Halfacree, 5 Jun 2013.
Whole-house Wi-Fi-based tech demoed.
Forgive me if I'm wrong but if I wanted to go to the bathroom during a movie I'd pause before I leave. If I wanted to control the screen from behind a wall I'd be questioning my own sanity.
What, you've never been caught short and had to dash out of the room? That was merely an example. How about the following?
Change the track or volume of an in-house audio system (a la Sonos) with a gesture from any room.
Control your heating (or AC) system with a gesture from any room.
Dim or brighten your lights with a gesture from any room.
Mute your incessantly-ringing landline with a gesture from any room.
Trigger a manual backup with a 'face-palm' gesture from any room.
I, for one, welcome our new gesture-tracking overlords. <waves arms in supplication>
Yes, you have done something none of the scientists were able to do... recognise that gesture control while you're having a bath or having a poo is actually a waste of time. I can imagine kids would exploit it no end though... Can you imagine little johnny in his bedroom giving a gesture to pause the porn his parents are watching downstairs?
The ultimate problem for any of these systems is how to pick up if a movement is meant / directed towards the system - or is completely unrelated. Its very clever - they all deserve a pat on the back. However it is completely impractical.
Anyone with young kids will be immediately assaulted with the washing machine exploding, half the house warming up to 100oC, frozen in the other, stereos TVs etc.. starting, stopping, getting louder or switching channel as their little bundles of joy run around.
Ill give my box(s) to you Gareth and you can set up all sorts of different star jumps for every possible tech related action!
Not a terrible idea - I've been packing on the pounds recently.
Incidentally, the paper (and the article) address the issue of tracking a particular user: each user gets an activation gesture, unique to them. Without the activation gesture, commands are ignored. If your kid doesn't know your activation gesture, he or she can't send any commands.
As for it being abused to set the thermostat to a hundred degrees: you guys know you can do that with an old-fashioned thermostat too, right? Mine's even wireless, so our theoretical little ess-aitch-one-tee can nick it and make the adjustments from the privacy of his or her room. The solution? Proper parenting, simple as.
This sounds less like using WiFi for tracking, and more encoding data onto a UWB tracking pulse.
More like the parents wont know the gesture after little johnny sets it up for them
Yup because we have that in spades here in blighty
I don't think so, my bladder control usually allows for a second to pause the movie without having to wave my arms about.
- I would control it from inside the room before I leave. I know what volume level is good if I am outside the room so that it's not too loud.
-AC is controlled individually by a remote in each room, a waste of power to leave it on if I am somewhere else, I control it from inside the room before I leave.
-Use the light switch? Usually right by the door.
-Or just have the phone nearby so that if someone calls you can hang up.
Give your self a few more decades
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