Items tagged with gesture control

Apparently Intel has joined a growing list of companies interested in motion sensing and gesture control technology. More than just a passing fancy, the Santa Clara chip maker acquired Omek Interactive, a venture-backed technology firm that develops advanced motion sensing software for human-computer interaction. Omek Interactive's flagship product is its Beckon Development Suit, which takes raw data provided by 3D cameras and analyzes it for information about the scene being viewed. Utilizing computer vision techniques, the software identifies humans in the scene and separates them from the background.... Read more...
Hot on the heels of the muscle-reading MYO armband gesture input device announcement, Leap Motion is reminding its fans that its own gesture input device will soon be on the market. In fact, the new controllers are going to start shipping the week of May 13. On May 19th, the units will be for sale at Best Buy. Image Credit: Leap Motion The Leap Motion Controller looks like an ordinary USB drive. But set it in front of your PC or Mac, and you can control your computer with gestures ranging from your hand motions to individual finger movements. Obviously, there are a lot of potential applications... Read more...
Swedish mobile app developer Crunchfish has prototyped a mobile app that lets users control their devices using finger gestures in the air. The app requires a front-facing camera and can replace the touchscreen gesture control with what the company calls "3D control." Crunchfish says that this 3D control means more than simply clicking, dragging and scrolling without touching the phone. It means objects on the phone can be twisted, turned and manipulated in 3D, similar to using Microsoft Kinect. Tho' let's not get ahead of ourselves. The demo was, so far, limited to mouse-like motions and clicking.... Read more...
OK, so a Roomba robotic vacuum is, by it's very nature, hands free. But what if you wanted to direct it now and then, but still, heaven-forbid, touch it? You can give it a Kinect hack interface. So it is with this demo video by "Ogutti." Is this a practical hack? Maybe not. Entertaining and cool? Yes and definitely.... Read more...
SoftKinetic developed a 3D gesture recognition platform long before Microsoft released Kinect -- and it supports Linux as well as Windows. Despite the head start, the promised consumer gaming and television controllers have yet to appear. That should change in 2011, a company spokesperson says, thanks to an influx of venture cash, some big league partners and a plan to lure Kinect hackers into become its developers. The Belgium-based company makes the "iisu" platform ("iisu" stands for the cute acronym, the “interface is U”). Last week, it sent out an all-call to Kinect jail breakers... Read more...