Is Gesture Control the Future of Workplace Technology?
Ronald Monte | September 27, 2018
When technology can recognize gestures, it features motion tracking. And when it functions because of those gestures, it features gesture control. Right now, these terms are relatively mainstream. Pretty soon, they’ll be as commonly understood as a computer mouse.
While it has long been established that motion tracking and gesture control are the future of video gaming, there’s a strong argument to be made for their business environment applications. And as luck would have it, the technology is better and more accessible than ever before.
According to a study conducted by the Technical University Dortmund and published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the motion accuracy of the Leap Motion is better than the human hand, meaning we’re not physically capable of being too accurate for the motion tracking to keep up. And that was in 2013 – there have been five years of improvement since then, and the fluidity is truly incredible.
However, just because a technology is low on frustrations doesn’t mean it merits a high priority. Here’s why gesture control may well be the future of workplace technology.
More Immersive Desk
You can type on your keyboard while pacing back and forth, then sit back down and continue typing on your regular keyboard without missing a beat. You can get the day started by gesturing across the screen like a composer, then spend the day conducting a symphony of productivity. Sound dramatic? Maybe a little. But the ability to sit or stand while being surrounded by everything you need—all while knowing everything else is within arm’s reach—really makes the to-do list items fly by.
Frees Up Space
The associate editor at Fast Company said it best: “You’re able to mold a piece of digital clay on your computer the same way that you’d mold clay on your desk.” When everything you need is in the hardware and software, clutter disappears. And clutter is distracting. It is true that a certain level of disorganization can be creatively liberating for some, but keeping a cluttered desktop screen is a lot less intrusive to workflow than a cluttered desktop of the physical world.
It seems that the better our technology gets, the further apart our coworkers become. With gesture control, we can work together in hands-on ways that just can’t be accomplished with normal screen share. That’s not to say businesses without multiple offices, contractors, or work-from-home flexibility can still benefit dramatically – if you can show someone how to do something from the next room without having to set anything up, you save time while still making that personal connection.
Presentations Become Magic
Interoffice collaboration aside, consider how impressed clients will be—whether they’re established customers or potential new business—when you’re going from slide to slide with gesture control or pull something up with the point of a finger. They say first impressions are everything. If they’re impressed the moment they sit down, it’s going to make it a lot easier to close the deal. Just imagine if someone came in having expressed doubts about trusting your company with their business, only to see your willingness to go above and beyond before they sign a check.
When you optimize input to improve output, lost opportunities are replaced by new possibilities.
Dubbed “the answer to your ‘Minority Report’ fantasies” by New Atlas, the Cemtrex Smartdesk is a three touchscreen, standing/sitting desk that features STARK Gesture Control, which lets you scroll, zoom, copy and paste, and so much more with subtle gestures. It also comes with Leap Motion, meaning you’d have access to all those apps and the new ones as they’re released. Imagine a top-tier candidate coming in for their fifth interview after seeing four identical workspaces, only to see an office that appears ahead of its time. It’s easy to imagine how starkly you’d stand out in comparison.
The Best Workspaces Match (or Outdo) Personal Electronics
All signs point to the future of personal technology becoming integrated with gesture control. Already, the new iPhone unlocks when you look at it, and the thumb swipe controls are highly similar to the swipe of the hand of gesture control. Sometime soon, the world of personal technology will have most of us utilizing the possibilities of motion tracking in our daily lives.
And what’s more frustrating than having technology faster, more comfortable, and better suited for productivity at home but not at work? I shudder to imagine.