We've just moved into a new space, and one of the first things we did was install Brad's stereo in the shop space. Music comes either from an iPod touch, or airtunes from somebody's computer.
Trouble is when we want to pause, change volume or tracks, one of us has to leave what we're doing, walk over to the stereo (or laptop) and fiddle with it. Using a traditional remote won't work either, 'cause you still have to find it.
We got to thinking: wouldn't it be nice if we could just wave our hands and control the music from right where we are?
The idea is to shine a laser beam from across the room at schemer's light sensor; if that beam is broken (by a raised hand), schemer reacts and tells the magic dock, which tells the iPod.
Since there's only one beam of light (for now), we had to modify the "waving vocabulary" for our 3 most common functions:
- Wave once to pause/play.
- Wave twice to get to the next track.
- Hold hand up until previous track is selected.
Now we can just wave our hands to interact with music pretty much from anywhere in the shop space, as long as we can break the laser beam. It's not the most functional remote control in the world, but being able to wave your hand in thin air to change tracks is awesome, let me tell you.