By Steve Daly
Posted 06.29.2011 at 3:56 pm 0 Comments
John Underkoffler looks at his desktop computer and sees an outmoded, inadequate tool. Trackpads and touchscreens, the former MIT instructor says, are limiting. Don’t even get him started on the mouse. The future, he says, is in gesture recognition-based interfaces, which he calls “spatial operating environments,” or SOEs.
Japanese company NEC wowed technophiles and horrified privacy advocates earlier this year with electronic billboards that use facial recognition technology to identify the age and gender of passers-by, tailoring the ads they display to fit the demographic. Now IBM researchers in the UK are taking that notion even further, taking advantage of new technologies to delve deeper into the personal data of people on the street, tailoring advertisements that can even call the subject by name.
Many augmented reality projects like to cite Minority Report as an inspiration, but MIT's Glove Mouse project takes a very direct cue from the touch-free display manipulations of Tom Cruise's character in the film. In a new video, the glove mouse shows off its wireless stuff.
Pen and voice input for computers is so early-millennium. Now Microsoft has created a next-gen computer concept that includes touchless gestures and eye-tracking, and has taken the device on a college tour with chief research and strategy officer Craig Mundie.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.