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18 January 2012: Gesture Recognition: A Disruptive Technology?

by Communications Team on January 23, 2012  •   Print This Post Print This Post   •   

Bob Levin inducts the 2012 INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter Board of Directors.

Bob Levin inducts the 2012 INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter Board of Directors. From right to left: Don York, President; John Lewis, Past President; Bill Ewald, President-Elect; Dave Alldredge, Treasure; Mark Kaczmarek , Secretary; Paul Martin, Communications; and Erik DeVito, Programs.

The January 18, 2012 dinner meeting of the INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter started with a delicious dinner, delightful conversation and flowed into Chapter announcements. Then we all went to the auditorium to witness the installation of the 2012 Board of Directors, overseen by our past president, Bob Levin (2007). Also John Lewis received his “Past President” pin as he turned over the reigns of his presidency to Don York.

Don introduced the speaker to an audience of over 60 attendees.  Imagine our surprise as Erik DeVito showed us an X-Box 360 game where he turned himself into a walking, moving snow globe man that was able to bifurcate flying fruit with his bare hands. His movements on stage were perfectly duplicated by his avatar on screen, in real time, for a game called “Fruit Ninja.” Quite impressive. From this auspicious beginning, Erik started to present the history and technology behind Gesture Recognition, from a 1919 Theremin to the highly successful 2010 release of the Microsoft Kinect. Fun Factoid: At 8 million sold in 60 days, the Microsoft Kinect has the World Record of the Fastest Selling Electronic device in history! Erik then explained how Gesture Recognition is being used by innovators and entrepreneurs around the world.  He also explained Disruptive Technology using the theories of Harvard Business School professor Clay Christensen the co-author of the give away book “Seeing What’s Next.” Erik used these theories to show how Gesture Recognition may in fact be considered a disruptive technology and discussed the future impact it will have on the user interface.

Erik DeVito amazes his audience with his Fruit Ninja skills.

Erik DeVito amazes his audience with his Fruit Ninja skills.

Erik ended by showing us green roof tops and a computer saturated future envisioned by Microsoft. Of course this utopian world can only come to pass when standards, interfaces and implementation strategies are in place.  Systems Engineering is the key that will make this happen.

Check out his presentation below as well as the links to the various videos he showed.

2012_01_18_Gesture Recognition Presentation



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