Atlanta developer creates gesture language for devices

Just as coding and programming language is evolving with the increasingly exponential technological advancements, new languages are also popping up for use with the smart devices of today.

The gesturish alphabet.

A local developer and startup co-founder in Atlanta has created an intuitive gesture language for touch devices called Gesturish.

Jared Malan, co-founder of We&CO, partner at Standard Code and web development instructor at General Assembly, was on a run when he came up with Gesturish. “I was listening passively to a podcast. The host said something about a way to make communication more accessible—I don’t really remember. I wasn’t paying attention so I came up with my own, more accessible, communication method—a Morse code like solution for our increasingly small devices.” Malan said.

That was a year ago but he had never been able to let the idea go. He added, “I get kind of excited when I think about being able to understand a message through touch. I think it’s reasonable to believe that we will be able to communicate through haptic or ‘taptic’ touch in the future.”

Armed with his belief, and a determination to develop his own gesture-based language, Malan started to learn Morse code while he drove around in his car. “Morse code is pretty cool, but it has a steep learning curve. With just two input signals, timing becomes critical, but the speed of the signals are the biggest challenge a new user of Morse code faces. I thought of a solution that doesn’t require precise timing,” he explains.

Everyone these days, even young kids, have developed gesture skills – even unintentionally. With only 5 different input signals – swipe in all directions and tap – a gesture language user can spell words, use punctuation and use numbers with only a few gestures.

Malan is presently working on an AppleWatch and iPhone app scheduled to launch later in the year.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng

Recommended articles

Tambuwal says his administration spends N8b yearly on exam fees, school feeding

Tambuwal says his administration spends N8b yearly on exam fees, school feeding

ASUU will not be stopped by CONUA – Prof Osodeke

ASUU will not be stopped by CONUA – Prof Osodeke

House of Reps to investigate constant collapse of national grid

House of Reps to investigate constant collapse of national grid

NNPC declares ₦674 billion profit after tax for 2021

NNPC declares ₦674 billion profit after tax for 2021

Meta: Nigeria sues Mark Zuckerberg's company, demands N30bn

Meta: Nigeria sues Mark Zuckerberg's company, demands N30bn

NNPC profit hits N674bn in 2021

NNPC profit hits N674bn in 2021

2023: Sokoto APC governorship candidate advocates free, fair polls

2023: Sokoto APC governorship candidate advocates free, fair polls

2023: Peter Obi alarms silent arrest of ‘Obidients’ by security agents

2023: Peter Obi alarms silent arrest of ‘Obidients’ by security agents

Lagos workers jubilate as Sanwo-Olu announces salary increase

Lagos workers jubilate as Sanwo-Olu announces salary increase

Get our Top Stories delivered to your inbox

Welcome to the Pulse Community! We will now be sending you a daily newsletter on news, entertainment and more. Also join us across all of our other channels - we love to be connected!