Navigating a Website With Motion and Voice

18Oct09

One designer claims that clicking to navigate a website is “so 90s.” Because we’re living in the 2000’s we all need to apparently get with the times. Meaning we should all be navigating websites with our body motions and voice. That is exactly what Andreas Lutz has done. His website uses your webcam to track motion and a microphone to detect voice. The viewer says command words such as “Play,” “Music,” and “About” to be re-directed to corresponding links. Other nifty features also include zooming in and out of things by bring your hands in and out.

My personal experience? Big failure. While the concept is certainly very interesting and geek-cool, I was unsuccessful at navigating the website. I’m operating on a mid-2007 MacBook 2.16 Ghz, 4GB RAM. The iSight detected, and the mic synced. When it came time to navigating the website, it just kept asking me to speak louder and try again. Even in quiet room, the results were the same. I haven’t been able to replicate the functions claimed in the video tutorial.

Try it out and let me know your experience. Maybe it works better on Windows?

Andreas Lutz

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