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My hands, the new game controller

An Israeli company called 3DV Systems has its eyes set on allowing users to control or play games with only their bare hands as the game controller.

An Israeli company called 3DV Systems has its eyes set on allowing users to control or play games with only their bare hands as the game controller.

The technology hinges around the ZCam, a 3D camera that plugs directly into a PC. It works by emitting short infrared pulses and then measuring the reflections off objects. Sophisticated software algorithms then kick in to interpret those reflections for gestures.

According to Tomer Barel, 3DV's vice president of marketing and product management, to CNET News.com:

The software can key in on a gamer's hands, and even between his or her fingers, and can run various applications based on what that person does with their head, hands, fingers, or torso.

This technology is not just for games. In a demonstration at CNET News.com, Barel showed that he could use simple gestures with his fingers and thumb to navigate through the Microsoft Vista menu tree.

So, can I set it to say, pause, whenever I start digging my nose?

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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.

3 comments
asm.m.javed
asm.m.javed

I can see the sex industry grabbing this with both hands (pun intended).

Jshee42
Jshee42

this sort of thing would need a lot of work. How do you account for the fact that not everyone will be moving their hands the same way. How will it react to unrecognized hand gestures? Good idea in theory, but it'll take a long time to get it right.

DadsPad
DadsPad

but sometimes we do use our hands for gestures without thinking. Would it mess up a game if you scratched your head or other parts of you body? :) Would people that know sign language have an advantage? :D