1. Presented by Micha Galor, Director of Applications and User Experience at PrimeSense, this half-hour talk prsents some of the latest results from the PrimeSense R&D labs, and discuss the future of technologies like OpenNI and NITE.

    Wave hello, point to an object, or call someone over with a flick of the wrist. These subtle movements are our most natural forms of communication. So intuitive almost anyone, anywhere — even some pets — will understand. They just need to see it. What if that same form of natural communication could control your digital devices? PrimeSense has worked to make this possible, in an initiative they call Natural Interaction. It is the ability to interact with the digital world without the need for props such as remote controls or joysticks. In short, natural interaction removes the ‘middle man’ and opens up direct communication with the digital world right in one’s own living room. Natural interaction isn’t limited to hands, moreover; PrimeSense technologies permit interactions through hand gestures, body motion tracking, and coordination of speech with gesture.

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  2. Joel Gethin Lewis (@joelgethinlewis) is an interactive director and artist. From 2005 to 2008 he was the interaction designer at United Visual Artists, working with clients such as U2, Massive Attack, Nokia and the British Council. He currently lives and works in London at the company he co-founded in 2008, Hellicar&Lewis.

    Educated in London at Imperial College and the Royal College of Art, Joel split his time between his studies and working at Dazed&Confused magazine, where amongst other things he launched AnotherMag.com and assisted the photographer Rankin. In other work he has collaborated with such varied clients as Benetton, Rem Koolhaus, IBM, and Wieden+Kennedy. He is one of the founders of the interaction design meet-up, This Happened.

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