Large-scale motion and gesture-controlled computing is no longer confined to science fiction movies, as Los Angeles-based Oblong Industries again demonstrates its exciting software that gives users a fresh new way to interact with computers. Dubbed “g-speak,” Oblong calls its software a spatial operating environment — and just as Tom Cruise and Collin Farrell did with the computer in Steven Spielberg’s “Minority Report,” users can control g-speak by wearing a special glove and performing gestures in the air.
A startup uses 3-D cameras to keep track of hands and fingers, enabling more complex gesture control.
Microsoft's Kinect, a 3-D camera and software for gaming, has made a big impact since its launch in 2010. Eight million devices were sold in the product's first two months on the market as people clamored to play video games with their entire bodies in lieu of handheld controllers. But while Kinect is great for full-body gaming, it isn't useful as an interface for personal computing, in part because its algorithms can't quickly and accurately detect hand and finger movements.
Now a San Francisco-based startup called 3Gear has developed a gesture interface that can track fast-moving fingers. Today the company will release an early version of its software to programmers. The setup requires two 3-D cameras positioned above the user to the right and left.
The traditional remote control is dead. Nowadays the remote has become a small hand-held computer which allows you to operate much more than just switching channels and the volume. Over-the-top systems like Boxee and AppleTV have released smartphone apps to control what you’re watching and to sync with your personal media center. In gaming the Wii brought a revolution using motion as a controller and last year the Xbox Kinect allowed you to used 3D gestures to operate the screen.
And now there's the Leap : a new meaning to the concept of motion control by allowing users to use complex 3D gestures to control whatever is on the screen...