Emerging Tech

In Japan, they show you their fingers

Ok, so it's not exactly what you were thinking. According to News.com Blog, gesture recognition is all the rage as Japanese companies show off their prototypes or upcoming products at the Ceatec show this week.

Ok, so it's not exactly what you were thinking. According to News.com Blog, gesture recognition is all the rage as Japanese companies show off their prototypes or upcoming products at the Ceatec show.

Here are some of the highlights, according to the report:

  • Toshiba has a PC that you operate with hand gestures
  • Hitachi Metals has a product in its booth called "Magic Waters," in which a wand is used to control the water from a fountain
  • Sharp has a screen that lets phone manufacturers put on an iPhone-like interface
  • Citizen Watch has a glove that lets you control certain things
  • Pioneer has a car navigation prototype that relies on finger gesture. Flicking at a 3D hologram-like image of a gas station pump highlights all of the gas stations in the vicinity

Writer Tom Samiljan suggests that this technology development is due to Wii fever.

What kind of applications do you see in the future for gesture recognition technology?

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

2 comments
paulmah
paulmah

What kind of applications do you see gesture recognition technology moving into?

aikimark
aikimark

@Paulmah * showing fingers = new emoticons * SecondLife VR sex add-in, similar to the vibrating pad/belt/chair for gamers to enhance their crash/hit experiences. * speech & hearing disability compensators * spoken language independence for international communcations * Finally! A reasonable input device for my Italian/Greek/Jewish friends to express themselves fully. * new medium for shadow puppet masters: http://youtube.com/watch?v=9WlbQPmXg08