Hand-tracking interface is making progress and I will not be surprised to see it in commercial applications (probably in video games first) in the near future. The above intro video takes a tongue-in-cheek look at some “practical” applications.
There have been a number of prototypes from different research scientists and the “colored glove” seems to be the most successful to date. The video below (which we showed before) demonstrates the real possibility of a “Minority Report” gesture interface.
So far, a pair of these gesture tracking gloves ranges from about $1,300 all the way up to $40,000 for a high end system with force feedback. As the cost of these gloves and associated software fall in price, their adoption into commercial products will be accelerated.
But it does not stop there. Imagine operating your cellphone with a flick of the finger — except you never touch the screen. This is what the 3D Input Interface for Mobile Devices developed by Ishikawa Komuro Laboratory promises. From there, it is only a matter of time before the technology is included in digital cameras. It will be a great day when we are able to set exposures on a digital camera wearing thick Winter gloves.
The practical applications are endless.
Softkinetic, a Brussels-based software company, is one of the leaders in the gesture-control field and has teamed up with US semiconductor giant Texas Instruments and others to bring 3D gesture recognition to your TV. No more misplacing the remote control because there will be none! A comical thought just popped into my head as I visualize husband and wife gesturing wildly to control what channel to watch on the TV.