Gesture-based Kinect-like smartphones could be coming in 2012

Gesture-based Kinect-like smartphones could be coming in 2012
Touch interfaces might not have reached everyone, but the next big thing in user interaction might already be arriving: touchless smartphones and TVs could start appearing in 2012. Of course, there’s a couple of ifs - if the small XTR3D company behind the technology gets traction, if it manages to ink a couple of contracts with phone makers and if it gets the needed funding. But the user interaction system XTR3D has developed is pretty unique - it’s somewhat similar to the Kinect in the way it recognizes your gestures, which you use to control devices.

It’s simple as it sounds - you just wave your hand to switch to the next song or radio channel, or for any other programmed action. Just as the picture shows, it seems like a great solution to keep you less distracted when you’re driving, plus it’s plain cool.

What’s even cooler is that the software developed by XTR3D doesn’t need the sophisticated depth cameras of the Kinect, but instead works with regular 2D snappers, which your smartphone has. But while this sounds good on paper, we’re curious to see the accuracy of such an approach - is it really as accurate as the Kinect? Second comes the battery drain of running the camera for a long time, which shouldn’t be underestimated either.

Hit the source link below for a video demonstration of the software-only based solution developed by XTR3D, and let us know what you think - could this be the user interaction of the future?

source: BBC

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7 Comments

1. yatmiko

Posts: 37; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Still too early I thing all smartphone company have to solve their battery life first you can imagine that every day you have to charge yours phone more then 1 times the battery technology should improve also if no how to go further with the limited capacity.

2. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

I agree, although I do remember reading an article here about battery being able to last like 5 times longer or some sort. Once they get that down, the market will be reading for great innovation like this.

4. Baseballer

Posts: 132; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

sorry i meant to thumbs up!

3. Baseballer

Posts: 132; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

the battery problem will be solved with tegra 3 as it has been tested to help the battery

5. yatmiko

Posts: 37; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

I don't think Tegra 3 will solve the issue In Tegra 3 technology it most to the core that which are combining the High performance and low performance core in one processor. correct me if I'm wrong When it go to the high end application, it will still consume more the battery. So my opinion as long as the battery capacity can not improve, it too far for us to enjoy those technology, unless you are ok to bring and plug the charge anywhere while playing all those application that required a lot of power consuming.

6. the_matrix_neo

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 04, 2011

i want to see that in the next galaxy phones

7. Rayzin

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Noooooo! I want to touch!

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