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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A Human-Elbonian Handshake

Coincidentally, the daily Dilbert comic also features a somewhat alien handshake, as was the case with Robonaut’s handshake.

Wally nicely takes advantage of the gullibility of his Pointy Hared Boss, who, like so many induhviduals, apparently believes in what one might call ‘Inter-Cultural Gesture Determinism’. It is one of the The Biggest Misunderstanding About Gestures [...]

Latest Garfield Gestures

Are there ever enough posts about Garfield’s gestures?

G waves ‘Hi’ to Squeak, and fakes a disappointed ‘Darn’ gesture
G makes a self-indulgent self-point, then a smug little side stroll, and caps it off with a ‘Tadaa!’ palm presentation (with whole body posture involvement)
Odie holds up Jon’s swimming pants, who apparently forgot them and is now under [...]

Even more Garfield Gesture

Browsing through Garfield comics always make me smile, partly because of the nice gestures Jim Davis draws to convey Garfield’s communication.

Cheer with two arms in the air
Two hands wringing together in joyous glee
Garfield and Odie point Jon to his proper place in the universe; Jon makes a ‘Bah’ gesture
Jon reinforces a self-reference with a thumb [...]

Some more Garfield gestures

A pleasurable pastime it is. Browsing through Garfield comics and smiling at the nice gestures Jim Davis draws to convey Garfield’s communication. I created a couple of lists ealier (here and here), and here is another list:
Polite palm out point & reproach with arms on hip
Here’s me! arms wide & reproach with arms on hip
Thumb [...]

Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann at the FG2008

One of the more interesting lectures at the FG2008 conference was a keynote speech delivered by Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann, director of the MIRALab in Geneva. She talked about Communicating with a Virtual Human or a Robot that has Emotions, Memory and Personality. She went far beyond the simplistic notion of expressing ‘the six basic emotions’ and [...]

Nijntje Signs

Nijntje DVD in Nederlandse Gebarentaal (NGT)
There is a new DVD for kids created and sold bij Nederlands Gebarencentrum with translations or enactments of ten Nijntje stories in NGT.
It is the first of it’s kind in NGT, but similar to this ASL video of Click-clack Moo. In both cases the images of the children’s books animate [...]

Look at me, I am thinking

Here is a nice Garfield comic (always a good source for gestures, see here and here). It illustrates how a bit of fidgeting (thoughtful lip-touching) can be turned into a pose. Suddenly Jon displays a gesture of thoughtfulness instead of actually being lost in thought.


Garfield gestures

I browsed through half a year of daily Garfield comics (20 April 2006 - 20 Sep 2005) to mark the gestures they feature. It was a fun and interesting exercise. I know of no comic where the gestures are so true to life.
Source Garfield.com
Index-finger-up Making a Point 2 3 4 Getting the point Got-it [...]


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