Small Gestures, Big Impact

Published February 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin


Use of gestures aren’t new to Filipinos.  In fact, it is just one of the many ways Filipinos communicate.  They use gestures that are quite unique — say, pointing with their lips.  With puckered lips, Filipinos use this gesture to point to a certain direction that is close or nearby.  Simultaneously raising both eyebrows and forehead is a common gesture too.  Most use this to acknowledge someone — a non-verbal way of saying “Hey, what’s up?”.  These are just some of the many gestures that Filipinos fondly use.

In the digital world that we live in, when smartphone manufacturers decided to give up the physical keyboard and replace it with touchscreens, it seemed that gestures were the only logical way to navigate through its different functions – a shortcut to a smartphone’s numerous vital features.  Touchscreen gestures such as swipe, slide, pinch to zoom and long press then became a norm.  What started as a novelty feature. gestures are now used for its sheer convenience.

But not all smartphones are created equal as each has their own unique way of

navigating through the use of gestures. Let us take the Huawei P30 Pro’s unique gesture control

Make it quick!

Going to the Notifications and Settings are no longer tedious.  With one finger, simply swipe down from the top of the screen to get a quick view of your notifications.  Further swiping the finger downwards shows a shortcut to the phones settings – Wifi, bluetooth, sound, location, NFC, etc.  If you just want quick access to settings, swiping downwards with 2-fingers will do.

Giving the minimalist trend a hand, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro navigates with a twist.  Again using gestures, by swiping a finger up from the bottom of the screen will bring you back to the home screen.  You won’t find the back button anywhere.  To go back, simply swipe inwards from either the left or the right edge of the screen.  All running apps can be displayed by swiping a finger from the bottom of the screen. When the finger reaches about a third of the screen, hold, then continue swiping towards the left or right.

Give me some knuckles

Taking screenshots is no longer complicated.  With a knuckle or two, now you can and here is how you do it.  With a knuckle, take a screenshot by knocking on the screen.  With 2 knuckles, knock twice and you record a screen.

Getting a screenshot of a long article/document or a lengthy chat conversation is usually done by taking multiple screenshots. Now, you can just take a single screenshot of a lengthy chat conversation or article by simply drawing  the letter “S” on the screen with a single knuckle.

And of course, there is the Air Gesture

Thanks to technology, devices/machines now have the capacity to work and react intelligently just like humans.  Artificial intelligence is what makes these machines smart and because Huawei Mate 30 Pro has advanced AI capability, users can now mimic what Tom Cruise does in his movie “Minority Report” (well, sort of).  With it, users can control certain functions without actually touching the device.  Indeed, Huawei Mate 30 Pro’s air gesture control makes all the difference.  Just imagine what Harry Potter and his friends do in the wizard world minus their wands of course because unlike other devices, Huawei Mate 30 PRO’s air gesture control does not need any accessory.  Users can simply do a swiping and/or grabbing motion of their hand in mid air.  This is done by holding your hand about 20-40 cm from the screen.  With palm facing the screen, pause until a hand icon appears.  Waving downwards initiates the screen to scroll downwards.  Waving your hand upwards scrolls the screen back up.  Apart from the knuckle trick, another way to do screenshots is by doing a grabbing hand motion.

Innovative as it may, gestures in devices are indeed a clever way to communicate.  Similar to how important gestures are to public speakers, gestures can draw attention and give emphasis to what is important.  As we live our lives immersed in technology, sometimes we need to pay attention…even the smallest gesture can have a huge impact.