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"There was a time when one old eccentric guy with a notebook could do something important to science. Now even the resources of a major university are often not enough."
- Jerry Pournelle

Hand Wave Control  
  Control an electronic or other device with gestures.  

"You're wrong, honey," Al said seriously. "The l-channel is for news and factual information. The s-channel is for pleasure. I enjoy watching this way, but - He waved his hand and the circuit switched abruptly. The vivid swirls of color and sound winked out. In their place the placid features of the Westinghouse news announcer appeared.
From Solar Lottery, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Ace Books in 1955
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This is an earlier, less specific version of the idea of gesture controlled devices in Douglas Adam's 1979 novel A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. See also the filing crystal from Samuel R. Delany's Babel-17 (1968).

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