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Try Flora's Handy new tool and let us know what you think - you could win a £200 John Lewis voucher. NOW CLOSED

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AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 13-Dec-13 10:01:26

Flora have just released a new browser based video player, Handy, that lets you control YouTube videos with a wave of a hand and they've asked us to find out what Mumsnetters' think of it.

Here's what Flora have to say: "Whipping up a storm and having fun in the kitchen is has just become even easier, thanks to the arrival of our new recipe player; Handy by Flora. Using specially designed gesture-control technology, Handy by Flora lets you pause, play and rewind any video you can find on YouTube with a simple wave of the hand."

Head to, making sure you’re using a laptop with a webcam, copy the YouTube URL of the video you want to follow and get started.

So, what do you think of Handy? Did you find it easy to use? Would you find it useful for playing and following recipe videos? What other gadgets would you like to make baking easier?

Whatever you think about Handy, Flora would love to hear about it.

Everyone who posts on this thread will be entered into a prize draw where one winner will receive a £200 John Lewis voucher.

Please note your comments may be included on Flora's social media channels, and possibly elsewhere, so please only post if you're comfortable with this.

Thanks and good luck,

PS - Handy by Flora is free to use and currently works on laptops through Chrome browsers only. There are plans to support other devices and web browsers soon.

unquietmind Sun 29-Dec-13 22:01:00

I do not risk laptop in the kitchen so would need to be able to use it on my webcam enabled tablet

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 31-Dec-13 13:10:07

The idea sounds good - a bit gimmicky, but so what.
But actually it was more of a faff than (as pp have posted) - just wiping a finger and pressing a control. it seemed to rewind when I did not want it to and not when I did, so I found it quite annoying.

But I would probably try similar again, once glitches have been ironed out a bit more and there are more recipes.

teenagetantrums Tue 31-Dec-13 17:15:58

My teenage DD loved this, she is to lazy to look for a recipe in a book, agree that it is a bit to quick, and the pausing led to messy keyboard but it was her laptop so not my problem.

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Tue 31-Dec-13 19:10:05

Nice idea, but in practice I'll continue to use scribbled recipe notes on a scrap of paper or a cookery book in the kitchen. I didn't feel comfortable with the laptop in the kitchen. I might use my phone or a tablet, but not the laptop again. We just don't really have the space.

I find instruction videos much more useful for DIY type projects, particularly techniques I've never seen or done before. Most recipes are simple enough to follow at the level I cook at.

RockinAroundTheXmasTreeHippy Wed 01-Jan-14 04:49:04

Another here running chrome on iPad & getting a blank screen sad

IsabellaRockerfeller Wed 01-Jan-14 13:00:44

Fantastic idea.

However, my laptop keypad got filthy so won't be using the site again!

Plus it did not pick up some of my hand movements.

It is actually quicker for me to get my trusty old recipe book down and cook something out of that. Or to pull up a new recipe on my laptop or print it off, no need to interact with the laptop once that's done.

stealthsquiggle Thu 02-Jan-14 09:07:41

It's a good idea in principle, but it needs to work on tablets, as they are the device that gets used in the kitchen - anything with a keyboard is much too vulnerable even if the webcam weren't disabled on my work laptop . The main reason I print recipes rather than working off tablet or phone is that the screen always locks just as you need to look at something - and if it could be unlocked by a hand gesture it would be a bit pointless, really.

So thanks, Flora, but I will carry on printing recipes and/or using the 4 cupboards of cookery books we possess.

CrewElla Thu 02-Jan-14 11:04:37

It's an interesting idea but I found it didn't work very smoothly for me. I ended up have to wave my hand several times to get the video to start or rewind.

I think a more useful application would be voice activated and not motion sensitive.

Personally I don't have enough free counter space in the kitchen for my laptop and the kitchen is far enough away from the router that I think responsiveness would be further degraded.

I prefer to use printed material for recipes and I don't have the need to be able to watch videos whilst cooking or baking.

ShatnersBassoon Thu 02-Jan-14 11:41:40

It's a bit of a gimmick. You still have to have your laptop there where you're baking, so it will get dusted with flour etc even if you don't touch it. I won't use it.

glammanana Fri 03-Jan-14 11:30:10

Why has this not been thought of before now ? and certainly would prefer for it to available on tablet, note to self : don't wave to OH as he comes down the hall to kitchen !!,would be good to have check-list for ingredients prior to starting but overall brilliant concept as it would free up space taken up by cookery books.

HamletsSister Fri 03-Jan-14 18:39:23

Clever idea and worked fairly well but I am usually quite happy with floury recipe books / iPad so I am not sure how much I will use it. However, if the recipes are good, then it will come into its own.

TheDietStartsTomorrow Sat 04-Jan-14 09:03:08

A great idea that just needs to be developed further so there's an inclusion of more recipes. Writing recipes down in advance is a bit tedious for me and a video to stop and start as you go along is much better because I can actually see that my ingredients are looking like they are supposed. I follow a lot of video recipes so the number of phones and laptops that are grubby from kitchen fingertips is embarrassing.

OPeaches Sat 04-Jan-14 20:13:30

Cool! Love it. Would love to see it used for more. Brilliant technology.

WheresTheCoffee Sun 05-Jan-14 07:14:42

That sounds like a good idea, I always end up getting ingredients all over my ipad when I'm cooking!

Lovewhereilive Sun 05-Jan-14 08:01:56

Love it! What a great idea.

CommanderShepard Sun 05-Jan-14 10:35:49

It's an interesting idea, but pretty poor in the execution. It didn't pick up hand signals very well at all. To be honest I use Pinterest most of the time for collecting recipes and wouldn't have a laptop in the kitchen - I much prefer using my Kindle or tablet.

shoom Sun 05-Jan-14 18:37:07

Good idea, worth pursuing.

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