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Wrist Sensor Enables Hands-Free Device Control

Microsoft researchers developed a sensor worn on the wrist that lets users control devices with hand gestures. Digits is a prototype sensor built with off-the-shelf components that creates 3D models of a user’s hand movements in real-time. This data can control devices such as smartphones, TVs, and video games. The camera-based sensor detects infrared laser light  that measures the distances of fingers and thumb across the user’s hand and a ring of LEDs are used to light the hand and determine fingertip positions. Software interprets the data, determines the hand’s position and movements, and issues the commands programmed to correspond to those motions. Researchers from Microsoft’s University of Cambridge laboratory, Newcastle University, and the University of Crete developed the sensor. Eventually, they say, they want the device to be the size of a wristwatch so that it can be worn constantly. They published their work in Proceedings of the 25th annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology. (BBC)(Proceedings of the 25th annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology)
 

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