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 April, 2007

Montoya fined $10.000 for a playful finger

I agree with some of the comments on YouTube that the Americans have a strange fear of the finger. They will not even show it unscrambled in this video clip. In general US media do not show pictures of people flipping the bird or making what they feel are insulting or obscene gestures.

I [...]

Not a Nice Gesture by Baros

Lyon striker Milan Baros will face a disciplinary inquiry about his “go away, you stink” gestures to Rennes defender Stephane M’Bia with during a Ligue 1 match.

Was it racist or just obnoxious on a personal level?
My friend Gael said that if you make reference to an existing racist or discriminating stereotype, such as [...]

Context Changes Gesture Perception

Here is a movie of one very powerful bionic finger:

The question I want to put forward is: How much of the time is this guy actually gesturing? My guess would be that he does not really give anyone or anything the finger anywhere. He holds up his bionic finger for inspection, he talks [...]

Space Invaders with Gesture Recognition

The more I think about it, the more I am convinced that the (near) future of gesture recognition lies in entertainment. Here is yet another gaming application with gestures: A multi-player, wall display remake of Space Invaders. A highly advanced gesture interface seems to allow any kind of movement at a certain spot on the [...]

Signed Children’s Rhymes

I once bought a very nice CD-rom from Effatha-Guyot with 19 signed children’s rhymes. The short songs or poems (not sure what to call them exactly) are by Diny Visch and Arie Terpstra.
Here is an example of the title-rhyme called ‘The Elephant and the Mouse’:

Original title: “Van de Olifant en de Muis… Peuterliedjes [...]

Morrison fined $25,000 for giving the finger

Adam Morrison, a Canadian basketball player, was fined $25.000 for giving the finger to a nagging fan.

Well, it was probably another finger but nobody is hosting an image of the incident anywhere… (source)
Is this fine fair? Here are some exactly similar cases to help you decide a fair punishment:
* Zach Randolph (basketball, USA) [...]

Perception of Fidgeting during Signing

Do signers fidget during signing? This is a question I often pondered. How do signers handle fidgeting during signing. I have often witnessed that signers were fidgeting (rubbing their nose, or other self-adaptors) during signing. Even for me, a hearing non-signer, it seemed easy to spot such fidgeting movements as not being part of the [...]

Iconicity in Gestures and Sign Language

Let us assume for a moment that Mueller was right: Iconicity in Gestures is achieved by hands that act, embody, model and draw. We further agree with her that achieving iconicity presupposes certain knowledge in the observer (and in the producer for that matter). But it is general knowledge about techniques such as modeling. It [...]

Nyst Documents Adamorobe Sign Language

Victoria Nyst defended her PhD thesis titled ‘A Descriptive Analysis of Adamorobe Sign Language (Ghana)’ at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) two weeks ago (March 30). The local university website wrote a short piece about this Unique sign language in African village with high hereditary deafness.

One claim is that AdaSL is highly iconic; can [...]

Hands that Act, Embody, Model, and Draw

At a 1998 conference called Oralité et gestualite (ORAGE 98). Communication multimodale, interaction. Actes du colloque. Cornelia Mueller presented a paper on Iconicity and Gesture (1998). The ideas already present in this paper about how the hands construct iconicity were important in the lecture she gave last week together with Alan Cienki on Metonymy in Metaphoric [...]

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