Google Gestures: Actions speak louder than written words
Google gesture is a service that converts sign language into speech by analysing muscle movements through a process known as electromyography. This muscle activity is then translated by the app into audible words. This app has been receiving mixed reviews about its usefulness. It will be interesting to see how Google has tried to bridge the gap between users and non-users of sign language.
Here are some of the pros of using Google Gestures:
Bringing users and non-users of sign language closer
This service has ended the distinction between dumb people who only rely on sign language to communicate a message and people who do not understand this sign language. Google Gesture can identify the exact sign you make. This information is sent to the Google Gesture application that translates our gestures into a real-time speech.
Information available to everyone
By introducing Google Gesture, information is now available for everyone and anyone and it does not matter who these people are because Google has taken the initiative to blur the boundaries based on people’s identities. People can now easily access and interpret information no matter who they are, where they are or what language they use.
Google Gesture Search
Gesture search is a Google application that enables searching of contacts, music, applications, and other items. This is done when the users draws the starting initials of the item directly on the screen. This has freed the user from scrolling down endlessly to look for contacts or even searching the contacts by typing. It is both simple and fun to use. Also, it is continuously updating search results as we add more and more letters and constantly improving our search quality. It is an innovative way to search for contacts and other items.
Swiftkey and SlideIT making typing easier
SlideIT is a Gesture app based on the layout of the traditional keyboard. It allows sliding of fingers on a QWERTY keyboard from letter to letter. Swiftkey takes typing one step further and enables prediction of words. Moreover, it not only predicts the words you are typing currently but words that have appeared before as well. These and other android keyboard gesture apps have made typing incredibly easier and less error-prone. They are easy to learn and enable typing, deleting, and predicting of words a lot more convenient. These apps learn as you type so if a new word comes up, it is automatically integrated into the dictionary.
Google Now as new software buttons
Google Now Gesture has replaced the software buttons by introducing system-wide gestures. By using gestures, the users can swipe in and out of the screen to access the multi-tasking interface. Moreover, Google Now search is accessible thought he use of a hot word such as “OK, Google” or through another special gesture. The gestures have the same advantages as the software buttons but with more screen space to navigate.
However, the service has its limitations and many users are still hesitant to try it out. These are some of the cons of Google Gestures:
The problem with Google Gesture is that it is not yet fully developed and accessible. It is only available in a few countries like USA, Europe and Germany. Hence, its popularity even though is increasing is still limited. The app it may seem is still in the developing mode as a few glitches have been identified. For example, Google Gesture search does not work if the contact has only an email ID and not a number.
Instability in the keyboard gesture app
Even though the keyboard gesture app has certain highly attractive features such as swipe typing, multi-language support and other advanced gesture features, but we still do not know for certain if it is good enough to replace the traditional keyboard of our choice. The app is not stable as compared to other keyboards and is known to crash occasionally. Text expansion is not yet possible.
Need for easy tutorials
Many people do not know how to use Google Gestures. In order to learn the usage, the customer has to go through a tutorial which should be easy to understand and make people want to try out the app. Because not everyone wants to replace the smart buttons just for more on-screen space. Hence, the future credibility of the app is still not certain because it is still too soon to say whether this app will actually turn out to be useful in the long-term. Moreover, the ‘OK Google’ hot word only works when phone is awake and you’re on the home screen thus limiting its usefulness.
Difficult to implement
Another form of Google Gestures such as Muscle Controls (myoelectrics) are devices like armbands that convert our muscle electrical signals into mouse movements. But the problem with this app is that human physical biology was not trained to control computers which mean we have to be very careful to use the precise arm and hand movements to make them work properly, which takes a lot of time getting used to. In most cases, users are content with the way current app works.
Breach of privacy
Google glasses that have been creating a great buzz lately also have their limitations. Users can send messages through Google Glasses with the help of voice-text features. But the main drawback of this app is the breach of privacy. The video and camera is prone to misuse and can easily offend the user. Google Glasses can capture anyone without the knowledge of the actual user. Hence, this dampens the innovation Google glasses have brought to the technological world.
Thus, as seen above Google Gestures have both pros and cons the users need to asses before using the app. Overall, these gestures have proved to be highly innovative and attractive to use but need certain amendments to develop at a full-scale. Their popularity has risen to the surface very fast and their long-term usage can only be determined as the future unfolds.