Apple Confirms Acquisition of 3D Body Sensing Firm PrimeSense

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  1. Mike MA macrumors 68020

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    I don't want to control my future, magical Apple TV with gestures :(
  2. kdarling, Nov 25, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2013

    kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago

    Modern technology has nothing on how powerful gesture and voice based remote controls were back in the 1950s and 1960s.

    That's because back then, the kids in the living room WERE the remote control :)

    The Father would either snap his fingers or command, "Change to the other channel" (this made sense as there were usually only two or three channels available over the air)... and the nearest kid would get off the floor and turn the channel knob on the TV set.

    This would also often entail manipulating the rabbit ear antenna on top of the set, along with zero-ing in the channel with the fine-tune dial, and of course the horizontal and vertical sync controls.

    Heck, sometimes the Father or Mother would simply say, "Now let's watch Bonanza!" and the "floor remote" would know which channel to go to.

    All with one voice command or gesture. Amazing!!

  3. olowott macrumors 6502a


    May 25, 2011
    Dundee, UK
    lets see how they gonna make use of this Tech

    I wanna be like :eek:
  4. chrisbru macrumors 6502a


    May 8, 2008
    Austin, TX

    And I'm still saying its half-baked. Unless it is flawless, it isn't quicker. It needs to be perfect, first time, every time. It's why the fingerprint scanner (at least for me) in the 5S isn't that useful either. Sometimes it hits first time, and other times I have to type in the passcode. I'd say the overall net time gain/loss is a wash. I'd imagine its the same with the Xbox One (based on reviews and friends that have it.)

    Its cool, for sure. I just don't think the implementation is fully there yet. I hope to see it continuing to get better.
  5. Liquorpuki macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2009
    City of Angels
    Well speech recognition is AI, which is based on probability, so it's never gonna be flawless but I think we'll get at a point where it's proven more convenient than pushing buttons.

    To me that's already the case for a lot of things. I roll out of bed, saying "Xbox On" is easier than hunting for the remote. I got my hands busy (IE in the kitchen cooking something), I can just say Xbox Go to ESPN or something like that. Same with my Moto X - I don't know where my phone is, I can just yell OK Google Now Find My Phone and the sucker starts beeping.

    There's a lot of cool stuff going on with always on speech coprocessors, I really wonder why Apple stuck a motion coprocessor on their latest hw instead of a speech one.
  6. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Yes, I'm aware of that. I was being sarcastic.
  7. Konrad9 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2012
    Ah, my apologies. Many people seem to think it was an utter failure.
  8. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    No worries, apologies if I came across as a colossal d-bag!
  9. Jonytheblue macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2013
    I think it's a good opportunity. (my opinion)
  10. Samuel Clemens macrumors newbie

    Samuel Clemens

    Nov 30, 2011
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    English not being my native tongue, certain idiomatic constructs just escape my grasp. In this case I had it lost at "sloppy seconds", so I decided to trust google with this search for wisdom.

    Now I can say that MacRumors forums are, indeed, an educational source.

    Yours truly,

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