A Nice Gesture by Jeroen Arendsen

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Mozilla Mouse Gestures

Could it be a real killer application of gesture recognition? It appears that mouse gestures are a viable option for browsing and games. Optimoz Mouse Gestures is a popular Mozilla Firefox extension which I have been trying for a while now.

One could of course argue that this mouse gesturing is hardly new. We’ve had Palm Graffiti, handwriting recognition, pen gestures, Opera used it first, and we all drag-and-drop with the left mouse button. One could even say that every action used to control a computer other than talking is a gesture. All true. But none of that matters really. A killer app is not necessarily new. Just a really good combination of factors that sparks succes.

My Favourite: Making any gesture ending with a straight Right-Up-Left movement opens all crossed links in tabs

One of the great things about the current mouse gestures is the use of the right button. I always have that handy for mouse-down actions anyway. I can learn the gestures from a nice sidebar in Mozilla which I like. I did not have to pay anything. Installation was a breeze. No extra kit. And I can impress my colleagues. What more do you need?


In Memoriam Bernard Tervoort


Asimo Gestures


  1. Egmel

    Mouse Gestures have been available in FireFox for years, the Optimoz ones have been about since 2001 Nothing new there :o)

  2. Jeroen Arendsen

    I must be getting old… !o\

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