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Artist preserves smartphone gestures for the future

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The way you tap to take an image with your smartphone, scroll through your photos with a swipe of your finger or pinch to zoom in closer could all be a thing of the past if wearable technology such as Google Glass really is the next step in mobile devices.

Artist Gabriele Meldaikyte is preserving the tap, scroll, flick, swipe and pinch before they become extinct through an interactive exhibition. Visitors are encouraged to perform the common smartphone gestures using the objects Meldaikyte has built which quite clearly kinetically explain each movement. For example, the pinch gesture object raises and lowers a magnifying glass over printed text to show the digital command in a tangible format.

"There are five multi-touch gestures forming the language we use between our fingers and iPhone screens. This is the way we communicate, navigate and give commands to our iPhones," Meldaikyte has explained. "I believe that in 10 years or so these gestures will completely change. Therefore, my aim is to perpetuate them so they become accessible for future generations."

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Total comments: 7
KimTeo
By KimTeo (Jun 30, 2013)

I am surprised at the negativity here. I can see why it is interesting to capture common human actions that will become unknown in the future.

I was taken aback, when I was recently asked how (in which direction) to wind a manual watch. Same direction as a wind up toy - everyone know that. And what's a wind up toy?

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TotallyFred
By TotallyFred (Jun 5, 2013)

Subsidied art ?

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Rage Joe
By Rage Joe (May 29, 2013)

Hope this artist becomes extinct due to this interactive exhibition.

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KodaChrome25
By KodaChrome25 (May 26, 2013)

Zzzzzzzzz......

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Camediadude
By Camediadude (May 27, 2013)

+1

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fuego6
By fuego6 (May 26, 2013)

Ok.. now we have crossed over into stupidness.. for sure...

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Torsten Hoff
By Torsten Hoff (May 25, 2013)

>> Therefore, my aim is to perpetuate them so they become accessible for future generations.

Don't worry, I'm sure the gestures will outlive the exhibition pieces.

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Total comments: 7
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