London – Multi-Touch Gestures, a project by Royal College of Art student Gabriele Meldaikyte, is a series of five museum objects, each designed to reflect one of the finger movements used to operate the iPhone.
As touchscreens have replaced keyboards and mouse clicks, we increasingly communicate via the basic gestural vocabulary of devices like the iPhone. Meldaikyte identified five common touchscreen gestures – tap, scroll, flick, swipe and pinch – and translated them into low-tech, interactive objects.
These gestures are already beginning to be replaced with Siri and touchless interface services such as Leap Motion. ‘I believe that in 10 years or so these gestures will completely change,’ she says. ‘Therefore my aim is to preserve them so they become accessible for future generations.’
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