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Flutter for Mac

By Flutter Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Nov 4, 2012

Flutter is an interesting application for the Mac that lets you use hand gestures to control playback of audio from your Mac. If you think of Flutter as Kinect for the Mac, you'll get a good idea of what it does, although the current version is limited to audio file playback. Flutter is a free download and installs quickly and easily.

Once installed, you can use Flutter through the Mac's camera to control your audio file playback. You can hold up a palm to stop playback of an audio file, and you can stick your thumb to the left or right to move to next or previous song (or simply move through the current song). To use Flutter properly, you need to be in visual range of the Mac camera, a distance of up to about 6 feet. We tried Flutter with iTunes, Spotify, and QuickTime and it worked with all three, and we suspect it will work with other apps too.

The developers will be extending Flutter to work with other apps than music playback, but at the moment this is all it does. Having said that, it's really cool to load up and demonstrate to your friends. Since Flutter is free, if you play a lot of audio files on your Mac you should give this a try just for fun.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 0.3.10

General

Release November 2, 2012
Date Added November 2, 2012
Version 0.3.10

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.8
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 16,681
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

Flutter is Kinect for Mac. It uses HAND GESTURES detected via built-in webcam in your device to play, pause and skip songs & videos in iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, MPlayerX (latest version), VLC (latest version), Ecoute, Quicktime, and Keynote.
  • Play/Pause your music & videos using simple hand gestures (palm gesture)
  • Go to Next Song (thumbs right) or rewind to Previous Song (thumbs left) (Note: First thumbs left gesture takes you to beginning of song. Another thumbs left performed quickly jumps to the previous song)
  • Works via your webcam -- no additional hardware necessary
  • Works best from 1-6 feet distance from webcam
  • Works even when Spotify, iTunes, Rdio, and other apps are playing music/video in the background or are minimized