Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Tech: Swÿp

Swÿp, a prototype interface to share files with a swipe

Natan Linder, a PhD student in the Fluid Interfaces group at the MIT Media Lab with Alexander List are developers of Swÿp, a piece of open-source software that facilitates “cross-app, cross-device data exchange using physical ‘swipe’ gestures,” they write on their website. “Our framework allows any number of touch-sensing and collocated devices to establish file-exchange and communications with no pairing other than a physical gesture.” Translation: Dragging files from a phone to a computer with a swipe of the finger isn’t just a cool, far-fetched idea, it’s reality.

Swÿp can be used for iOS and LuminAR, but it’s still part of ongoing research, so it’s not available in app form yet.

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