Why No, I Don't Want to Control Netflix With My Hands, Thank You Very Much

Dick Ward writes: "Remember ‘Minority Report‘? After that movie came out, tech developers seemed to lose track of everything that wasn’t a fancy hands-on interface. This started out simply enough, with an increase in the amount of touchscreen phones hitting the market. But the new range of motion control products takes it too far."

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Focker-4203073d ago

Its faster to push a button

Why o why3073d ago

more accurate and less tiring

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Double Toasted3073d ago (Edited 3073d ago )

Well, you can't if you don't have a 360. Or I should say you won't be able to. But then again, the title is shitty, so I just assume the entire article is no less the equivalent.

Edit: Air1 why o why has at least 8 internet browsers in front of him.

mastiffchild3073d ago

I don'tr think there's anything unfair about the article or it's headline. It comes over a bit too harsh if you don't read it all but basically he's just saying what we've all thought from the first time SONY showed us this type of idea with eyedentify(IIRC in 2006)-that it's a cool looking gimmick on stage or demo but in real life you'd look a tool and sound a tool basically waving and to your console to change channel or navigate a menu.

It just won't be as good and to really worek it needs to improve on what we already have and it's fact that buttons do this as well as we could possibly manage to do it in other ways and gesture and voice control would be both slower and less accurate than buttons alongside making you look a little silly.

@double toasred-I don't see why you have such a downer on this article when, unlike a ton of Move, PSN+ and Kinect articles of late it does, at least, make a very valid point and the suthor has bothered learning his stuff and hasn't tried any FUD a=at all. The "you can only play Kinect in(insert whatever it is today-standing, naked, with an erection)" and all the "Move is too complex n it's bundles for us thick gamers and will die because of that rather than, y'know, games on it!" articles lately have been BS but this one just says what I feel we all thought(most of ua on whatever side of the console preference divide you may stand)when being shown this kind of thing by both parties at past E3 events.

Dan Ward never said this would harm Kinect or say it would fail at retail because of it at all-just that the whole "minority support" stuff was a bit daft, pointless and would be a short lived giggle for most with the tech to try it out. I confrss that I'd prolly be impressed by the maker giving me a go but that won't change the fact it's got little hope of working well enough to seriously make people thinkabout it as a real button alternative FOR THIS JOB.

On a wider note this generation on Wii has seen a TON ofd devselopers putting waggle features into games that never suited or needed them to begin with ansd certainly not in all the places they got squeezed into by devs eager to make it seem they were finding exciting new stuff but just gave us the limne of least developer resistance and we never got innovation and got stuck with games playable just as well and usually better with a pad. Same problem lies in store for both Move and Kinect but Sony have got some decent looking games lined up even though neither company have anything really interesting to gamers in the longer term. If this gesture controlled TV viewing is what's on offer doesn't it seem bit shallow to pay out the asking price anyway?

Article is among the least inaccurate on these kind of subjects and just speaks the VERY obvious. If anything that's the complaint about the whole thing.

siyrobbo3073d ago

id probably use it if i was really lazy or couldnt find the remote, but i dont think id use it by default

KingME3073d ago (Edited 3073d ago )

Yes I do want to control netflix with my hands. That was just be one more option to my disposal. And if I decide to use the remote, I can do that too. But, yes, it would be cool to be able to use gestures as well.

People saying no and downplaying it are probably just saying that because they can't or have no means to do it. AKA Haters

Biggest3073d ago (Edited 3073d ago )

Please think for minute. It won't be a simple flick of the wrist (because Kinect can't see wrist movement) or small gesture. Dream as much as you want about what is going to happen with the Kinect. Think of the potential. But see the current reality. You are not Batman.

KingME3073d ago

Who said anything about wrist movement? BTW, the part of your name you forgot was "HATER"

Wolfie3073d ago


Biggest i lol'd so hard when i saw your url :D Bubbles!

candystop3073d ago (Edited 3073d ago )

I hate reaching for the controller (trying to find it)and then pressing the wrong buttons to start it over or forward by accident. Controlling it with my hand would so simplify mistakes that happen to me almost everyday. Handsfree is the way to go folks.

"Its faster to push a button"

not when you need to find the remote.

"more accurate and less tiring "

Less accurate if you press the wrong button. Most people lift there arms with a remote as well so how the heck is that tiring lol.

SillySundae3073d ago (Edited 3073d ago )

"not when you need to find the remote."
... I personally have the remote / DS controller already before I actually am able to navigate, and select a movie. My DS3 controller is usually beside my PS3. I am not sure where other people keep theirs or why they would place it so far from the console.
"Less accurate if you press the wrong button. "
... selection on the screen VS button on your thumbs, either won't resolve hand-eye issue of the user IMHO. So I think it's the user.
"Most people lift there arms with a remote as well so how the heck is that tiring lol."
... The issue they're referring to might be when you're navigating through menus (which sometimes take a while trying to pick the movie you want, especially from NETFLIX libraries).
For a PS3 controller / remote (which you don't need to point due to bluetooth), your hands are rested on your legs while navigating through menus.

candystop3073d ago

Yes I see where your coming from but personally think we should just wait and see if the user interface is fairly simple. Also I'm not sure if you can just point a finger or need to extend your arm. We should all know in a few more months just how tiring or simple the device is to use.

HolyOrangeCows3073d ago

Not everyone is dull enough to lose their remotes.
Mine are always by their respective consoles.

LOL, "if you press the wrong button"

Way to reach.

bjornbear3073d ago

you must be extremely clumsy and forgetful if its THAT hard to find your remote and press a button -_-

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Rocket Sauce3073d ago (Edited 3073d ago )

I'd feel like a dick talking to my DVD player or waving my hands at my TV. I could see myself using it once to see what it's like, then just using the remote from then on.

Using the camera on kinect to watch movies with friends is very cool, though.

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HeroXIV3073d ago

Anyone else read it as "Dick Wad writes"? :p

NeutralGamer3073d ago

I red it like Dickward.

You know like Squidward from Spongebob Squarepants, then just a dick instead...

Simon_Brezhnev3073d ago

I wonder if Kinect will pause auto if the movie actually said the word pause.

B-Real2063073d ago

I think you have to say x-box first as in x-box stop, x-box play, and so on...

NeutralGamer3073d ago

What if they say "x-box pause" in a movie?

One day that might happen..

What if you watch the E3 MS congress on your xbox with kinect?
Will it stop each time they say the word sentence "x-box [command]"?

What happens if you watch a movie with someone saying "x-box rocks", then what is the xbox going to do?

What if you watch a movie with someone saying "x-box suck"... Then what is it going to do? XD

El_Colombiano3073d ago

Haha yeah and when someone says "Man Xbox is DA BOMB!"...I can't wait!

IHateYouFanboys3073d ago

youre forgetting that Kinect has to be 'trained' the commands by your voice.

so you could have 100 people in your lounge room, all screaming 'XBOX PAUSE!!!' and it will not pause unless their xbox account is signed in on the xbox, and they have gone through the kinect voice training on that xbox.

so again, unless Bill Gates is signed in on your xbox and has trained Kinect with his voice, playing a video through the xbox in which Bill Gates says 'XBOX take over this guys house' will have absolutely no effect on the xbox.

nice try at trolling, but next time try something thats not so easily proven to be idiotic.

on the topic, i will use kinect to control my streaming videos from my PC. its not like you have to sit there waving your arms the whole time - i just sit down, say 'xbox on' and it turns on. i hold my hand over my media for a few seconds, i choose a video with my hand for a few seconds, i say 'xbox play', then im done. half an hour later when the show finishes, i raise my arm for a few seconds to choose another one. easy.

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HurstDarkStar3073d ago

come on people,if ony or nintendo said that all you needed to do was move your hand without a controller to navigate i doubt i would see so much HATE ..........pure HATE

Greywulf3073d ago

*just like kinetic*--gasp--

so hilarious that the thing does nothing innovative, yet everyone just gives it the benefit of the doubt based on absolutely nothing but hype.

I'm convinced MS could sell an empty box to peop... oh wait.

MorganX3073d ago

I do. But not bad enough to buy a Kinect to do it. Maybe when it's $49.99

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