A Nice Gesture by Jeroen Arendsen

A Nice Gesture by Jeroen Arendsen

A mix of posts on gesture, HCI, perception or robots and some personal information.

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Archive for December, 2006

Red Sea groupers gesture to invite giant moray eels to hunt

It may be stereotyped, genetically programmed behaviour (as my friend GL felt obliged to point out), but the link my roomie Jenneke sent me is still the best case of gesturing fish I have seen (see earlier observations about the John Dory and the Octopus). In a spectacular study Redouan Bshary, Andrea Hohner, Karim Ait-el-Djoudi, [...]

Funding Post-PhD Research

So there I will be in about a year and a half: A PhD in my pocket, a few publications, a small network in academic circles. Then what? My brother-in-law JT is now a fairly succesfull young researcher in live stock genetic assessment (or something like that). He is working in Palermo together with his [...]

Do not touch the Hall Object

Alea Iacta Est. I visited Hall Object, the gezellige robot, yesterday. My fears of disillusionment with technology came true, though the artist’s message was clearly well received by the occupants of the Vara/NPS offices. A kind gentleman introduced me to Hall Object and explained he was powering up the batteries at the moment. He confided [...]

Gesture and Speech Recognition RSI

Gesture and speech recognition often promise the world a better, more natural way of interacting with computers. Often speech recognition is sold as a solution for RSI stricken computer users. And, for example, prof. Duane Varana, of the Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (ACID) believes his “gesture recognition device [unlike a mouse] will accommodate natural [...]

The ‘gezellige’ robot

There is a robot that I have fallen in love with. I never saw him but only read a story in a newspaper about him. That leaves me free to project my hopes and desires unto this unwitting machine. His name is Hall Object and, as a robot, it has no practical use whatsoever. Or [...]

Paul Ekman on Recognition of Emotions

In a long interview in Dutch popular science journal Psychologie of today, Paul Ekman ends with the following statement: (source)
“Often people think I am a magician who can read minds. But I really can not do that. Just by paying attention really well, by being very secure, and by putting all the pieces of [...]

Kofi Annan Gesture Collage

Kofi Annan has been the Secretary-General of the United Nations since 1997 and will stop at the end of this year. You can read about his accomplishements in his Bio or at Wikipedia.

What concerns me are of course his gestures. How does he gesture when he is talking, addressing a crowd, or [...]

Gesture and Speech Recognition RSI

Gesture and speech recognition often promise the world a better, more natural way of interacting with computers. Often speech recognition is sold as a solution for RSI stricken computer users. And, for example, prof. Duane Varana, of the Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (ACID) believes his “gesture recognition device [unlike a mouse] will accommodate natural [...]

Zach Randolph fined $133.333 for finger to fans

Yep, it’s another basketballer giving the finger to the crowd. One more for the collection of insulting gestures caught on camera. This one is recent though (news of December 10). Trail Blazers’ Zach Randolph fouled out and as he walked off the court, he made an “obscene gesture” toward fans behind the scorer’s table.

Is that [...]

Rita Verdonk Pouts her Lips

The lip-pout (see the Nonverbal Dictionary) is a near universal sign of sulkiness. In the Netherlands our minister Rita Verdonk was stripped from her responsibility for immigration (a topic on which she is a notorious hawk) after the elections brought about a leftish majority for a general pardon. During the press conference she displayed a [...]

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