Gesture controls have become a ubiquitous feature of futuristic science fiction interfaces. Whether its people “scrolling” through data on a monitor with the flick of their finger, or manipulating holographic controls, there’s a good chance gesture controls are going to become a lot more commonplace in our lives.
Almost the same day Microsoft released the Kinect it was re-purposed by people from all walks of life to control nearly everything else besides what it was intended. It has proven so useful that it may become the basis for many future interactions between people and technology. It seems gesture control will now revolutionize medicine. Doctors may soon be able to examine their patients without ever having to be physically present. They will even be able to use computers to access critical information with just a simply twist of their wrist, maintaining sterile conditions.
The implications of using gesture controls to remotely operate surgical robots (more commonly used nowadays that many people realize) could completely revolutionize medicine, giving doctors and surgeons access to battlefields, remote and inaccessible areas, or any other places where doctors aren’t readily available. It’s easy to imagine medical robots (dare I say droids?) in every school, office, hospital, etc., giving the best surgeons and medical minds the ability to help anyone, anywhere, anytime.