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Hand waving and finger flicking

Discussion in 'ex-Rag Chew Central' started by KC9UDX, Mar 23, 2012.

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  1. KC9UDX

    KC9UDX Platinum Subscriber Life Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Am I the only one who thinks pushing a button makes more sense than waving your hand around to turn something on or off, or, flicking your finger around on a touchscreen to scroll?

    It just seems to me like this is a serious step backward.

    And then there's the issue of having to hold power buttons down for two seconds to get something to turn on or off. It's getting more and more prevalent. I just don't get it.
  2. K0RGR

    K0RGR Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    It depends on how well the touchscreen works. The first cellphone I had with a touchscreen wasn't the greatest. The one I have now works pretty well. The touchpad is heat activated - the heat of your finger gets it going.

    The only time I have a problem is if I have the phone in my shirt pocket on a cold night, and I have to answer it by dragging a bar on the screen down with the swipe of a finger. If it's cold out, the phone will be warmer than my finger for a while, and it won't sense the finger. I've learned not to have the phone next to my body under such conditions.

    A phone with all the buttons I need to run this Android would be a pretty cumbersome affair.
  3. W4HAY

    W4HAY Ham Member QRZ Page

    I don't even like touch buttons. I want to feel and hear the snap of contacts making or breaking.
  4. KB3LAZ

    KB3LAZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I threw my cellphone away nearly a year ago and have never looked back.
  5. N0AZZ

    N0AZZ Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I also threw my cellphone away 1 1/2 years ago and started using smart phones Apple iPhone 4 and now a 4s would be lost without it and my iPad teather it to my iPhone wifi hot spot even though it does have 3g service available. With email and internet at our finger tips 24/7 for information I love it!

    I have had a mobile phone since 1974 and my first cell phones were the bag type they were a pain but thought great at the time. My how things have changed in our lives that we would have never thought of until Dick Tracy's wrist watch phone LOL.
  6. W4MAJ

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    I've owned an iPhone for the last three years and I'm starting to wonder why I have a cell phone at all. In the last month, I only used 58 minutes of 5000 minutes available. I suspect half of the minutes used were spent talking to someone with an Indian accent who insists his hame is Debbie.
  7. WW8L

    WW8L Ham Member QRZ Page

    It depends on if you are producing or consuming content. Touch devices are handy for reading things and consuming content. By having the keyboard disapper when you aren't using it they save valuable space.

    When actually 'working' and producing content, an real keyboard works much better.
  8. NY3V

    NY3V Ham Member QRZ Page

    My Proctologist is excellent at 'Finger Waving'. :D
  9. KT1F

    KT1F Ham Member QRZ Page

    There are quite a few applications where waving, pointing and other gestures without touching have good potential uses.

    Some examples I've heard of:

    A surgeon in the middle of an operation wants to look something up on a computer or control some instrument. He can't touch anything but he can move his hands.

    A mechanic working on a car, hands covered in grease, wants to lookup something in a service manual.

    A power company control room which has really wide computer monitors representing the network. When a screen gets beyond a certain width, it gets to be a pain to move a mouse that far. Much better for the operator to be able to point at something to zoom in or wave to move the view left or right. I doubt if they'd want to commit to a significant action that way (e.g., turn power off an on) but for data selection it should be very good.

    Public information kiosk type computers, ATMs etc. People prefer not to touch something lots of other people have touched.
  10. KC9UDX

    KC9UDX Platinum Subscriber Life Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    I at least, am more productive using a rag to quick wipe my hands off and paging through the 700 page paper book..

    AmigaOS has had a non-waving-flicking solution to this for almost 20 years...

    Such people need a dose of reality, IMHO. What would they do if someone told them about the air that they are breathing in that someone else might have breathed out?

    Now, to point out an example to the contrary: I'm running a machining center and my hands are covered in oil/coolant/garnet-water/etc. Flicking my fingers around on a touch screen is not only not going to work, it's likely to make it necessary to give the touch screen a good cleaning. Pushing a mechanical button does not generally suffer from this issue.
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