to-the-hand (physical)

The most obvious effects of technology on humans are direct influences on the human body and gestures. The decision making faculty is short cut. To-the-hand interaction proceeds by bodily contact or affection of the senses. The hand is used to symbolize this.

The three exemplary effects are: coercion, embodied technology, and subliminal affect.

To design is to throw obstacles in other people’s way, said VilĂ©m Flusser. Indeed, fences and gates determine where people can and cannot go. Coercive technology often decreases freedom and user experience. But it may also afford a very natural interaction. Think of operation by touch and gestures.