Category Archives: Gesture interface

Smile and Move Along

We’ve seen a lot of progress in facial recognition recently; now we’ve got facial expression recognition. That’s right, smile to control your wheelchair (or whatever). It’s a control capability and a way to authenticate a user.

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Disney Prototypes ‘Puff of Air’ Haptic Interface

Disney Research has developed a prototype device that lets the user feel the presence of virtual objects through carefully constructed and aimed puffs of air. Aireal aims the puffs based on the virtual reality interface — the puffs could be … Continue reading

Posted in Blind, Cognitively impaired, Controls: number, size, spacing, force, Controls: shape, texture, color, grouping, Gesture interface, Hardware, Just a prototype so far, Okay, sometimes it *is* about the technology, Redundant output, Simplicity, ease of use | Leave a comment

iPad dock will add gesture control

A dock for the Apple iPad will allow users to sweep and swipe in mid-air, as far away as a foot from the iPad.  No word yet on what gestures will be included, but they will let you control regular … Continue reading

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Dude, where’s my mouse?

MIT has come up with a prototype for an invisible mouse. You cup and move your hand as you would with a standard mouse, but instead of a physical piece of plastic, there’s a camera and light source that track … Continue reading

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Ubuntu in your face

An Ubuntu prototype will react to your face and body position in a variety of ways–automatically making text larger as you move away, for example, or expanding a video to full-screen mode if you lean back. Very promising for both … Continue reading

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Eye control by earphones

NTT DoCoMo has come up with prototype earphones that can detect eye movements — without a camera — and send commands to phones, media players, etc.  Your eye-rolling teen may just be doing homework.  If this gets commercialized, people with … Continue reading

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