Invisible iPhone – tap your hand instead of the screen to control it.. pity about the enormous contraption on your head


Forget touchscreens – how about controlling your iPhone by just TAPPING YOUR HAND?

German computer scientists at the Patrick Baudisch at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, Germany, have come up with some amazing gesture recognition tech which lets you control an iPhone by simply tapping and stroking your own hand.

The UPSIDE – this is the human- computer interface at its most intuitive and natural. Boundary-breaking.

The DOWNSIDE – um, for this to work you need to have a giant wired-up, internet-connected camera on your head. And well, it’s not actually that hard to take your iPhone out of your pocket.

The CONCLUSION – great technology, but probably some work to be done on the application of it. Perhaps finding someplace where it would be useful….

In a little more detail – that camera in the demo would be replaced by a smaller, lighter, more wearable one. It is a depth camera similar to the one used in Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox…

According to Technology Review:

The camera “subtracts” the background and tracks the finger position on the palm. It works well in various lighting conditions, including direct sunlight. Software interprets finger positions and movements and correlates it to the position of icons on a person’s iPhone. A Wi-Fi radio transmits these movements to the phone.”

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Anna Leach