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Marco2001

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(new) Hand Signals - idea
« on: April 05, 2010, 09:04:02 AM »
(new) Hand Signals

In communication most information comes through un-werbal ways like mimic, tone of voice, body movement etc..
Astronauts for long time had the problem of propper communication becous they can't see each other faces, the voice in the radio is distorted and you don't see any part of your companions body. The same goes for divers, construction workers, miners and so on.
They all have a hand system of communication that doesn't need talking/hearing.
For instance: one worker that samples the ground with a drill sees another man that raises he's hand ("Stop") so he stoppes the drill. Then he sees the man makeing a circle with his right hand ("Take the drill") and shows a "Follow me" signal - all with one hand and in less than 1 sec. yet they understand themselve's perfectly.

In MCO we already have 2 hand signals: "Hello" and "Salute".
I've did some research over some common hand-signals used and prepared those 12 hand-signals that we can use in MCO.
All of them uses only the right hand (in left hand you can grab some equipement).
Using only those 12 hand-signals you can communicate (without typing) in almoast all situations I could think of:
loading/unloading equipement on ROVER,   showing a new player what is what,   loading/unloading drill/GPR/Lamp/Box,   using equipement,   make simple requests,   walk in group.
All of them can be combined, for example: "You" - "This" - "Take it" - "Use it".







Hand signals are also very important on Mars bocouse sand-storms, radiation-storms, dust devils or radio non-aviable areas make radio communication immpossible to use.

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Here you have the oryginal hand-signals list:
http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/693/signald.jpg
http://img714.imageshack.us/img714/2817/militarysignals.jpg
http://img709.imageshack.us/img709/6840/handsignals.jpg
http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/1719/hand2.jpg
http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/9651/hand1b.jpg
http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/3818/standardscubadivinghand.png

Poland here. My time: GMT + 1h
Writing a book about Mars. Any ideas? Type to me.
I'am an Astrobiology/Biology student.

Ivanpet

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Re: (new) Hand Signals - idea
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2010, 10:50:34 AM »
nice ...but each of this signals must have own keyboard shortcut  ;D
this can be true chalange to hold permanently in mind this association.

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Re: (new) Hand Signals - idea
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2010, 12:41:51 PM »
This is really an excellent idea! If you don't want to learn elaborate keyboard shortcuts then there could be a menu wich is opened with only one key and then a list comes up and you can select the appropriate hand-signal with a number key...

Marco2001

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Re: (new) Hand Signals - idea
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2010, 06:08:28 PM »
This is really an excellent idea! If you don't want to learn elaborate keyboard shortcuts then there could be a menu wich is opened with only one key and then a list comes up and you can select the appropriate hand-signal with a number key...

Like in "Americas army". All hand and sound signals are under TAB key.
http://img249.imageshack.us/img249/3429/shot00365.png

But personally I dont think that memorizing those keys would be a problem (remember that you can see your character from 3rd person view and see what move you just did). I would assign those 12 moves to key's 0-9 and W & S.
That would be:
Ctrl + W ---> Point Ahead
Ctrl + S ---> Point Down

Ctrl + 1 ---> Yes
Ctrl + 2 ---> No
Ctrl + 3 ---> Possibly/Somethings wrong

Ctrl + 4 ---> Me
Ctrl + 5 ---> Follow me
Ctrl + 6 ---> Stop
Ctrl + 7 ---> Leave it

Ctrl + 8 ---> Look
Ctrl + 9 ---> Use it
Ctrl + 0 ---> Take it


That order is most logic becouse it groups signals.

Players can also change those settings.
« Last Edit: April 05, 2010, 06:16:38 PM by Marco2001 »

Poland here. My time: GMT + 1h
Writing a book about Mars. Any ideas? Type to me.
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Ivanpet

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Re: (new) Hand Signals - idea
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2010, 02:35:17 AM »
you right Marco it is a good ideea,
so let see what Hyper says about