For example, consider how many keystrokes it takes for an airline reservation agent to book or change a flight, Olds said. With better gesture recognition technology, there would be less typing and possibly faster work to get a passenger a window seat on his next trip.
Gesture recognition looms as a key technology in the future for simplifying and speeding common tasks. The technology is expected to evolve from novel uses today to more useful tasks, even in the enterpise, in the next five years or so.
"It's not the best input method for everything, but best when used from a distance from what the user is trying to control, when manipulating a complex object, with large display surfaces, or where speech control or direct touch isn't appropriate," Moore said.
Google also could use Flutter's gesture control technology in products like Google TV, Chromebooks and even automobiles.
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