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Awesome stuff: The next gesture/Kinect device?
05-12-2011, 03:02 AM (This post was last modified: 05-12-2011 03:03 AM by Clemens.)
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Question Awesome stuff: The next gesture/Kinect device?
Microsoft is developing technology that turns wall surfaces in every room of a house into control panels for videogames and appliances.

Unlike Xbox 360 accessory Kinect, which tracks movement through a built-in camera, Microsoft's latest tech tunes into electromagnetic fields leaking out of home wiring.

Presented this week at Vancouver's Conference on Human Factors in Computing, the system uses a sensor device, worn on the neck or wrist, to monitor around a thousand different frequencies and how they change as the wearer's body moves within the EM field.

The upshot: the system can look for and detect various gestures - hands down by the wearer's sides, touch the wall and so forth - and see where in the house they were made.

The data could then the be transmitted wirelessly to a control hub, interpreted and used to trigger events, from switching lights on and off, to operating the central heating, the TV and so forth.

Head researcher Desney Tan says the tech may be offered open source to amateur engineers, just as Kinect was (eventually), to broaden application and give everyone the chance to make products that use this touch-controlled surface technology.

I guess those walls needed repainting anyway...

More info: http://www.reghardware.com/2011/05/11/mi...ol_panels/

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05-12-2011, 08:08 PM
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Lightbulb RE: Awesome stuff: The next gesture/Kinect device?
That could definitely be awesome for games if it works. It could also be great for something else though, ghosthunting! Big GrinI had an idea a while ago about a 3D EMF scanner but wasn't sure how it could be done. This could make it possible! So basically my idea was an EMF scanner with a screen that could visualise EMF anomalies (so you might actually see figures!) in 3D space either overlayed on video of the room or whatever area you're in or some kind of 3D representation of the area on screen. Could Microsoft's new device do this? I still think Kinect might work for ghosthunting too.
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