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Hand Gesture Remote Controls By Microsoft!

Question asked by Farjand in #Gadgets on Sep 10, 2011
Farjand · Sep 10, 2011
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Even Albus Dumbledore will require a wand to switch on/off lights through magic. However we are lucky that we are spared a wand's use. Microsoft and University of Washington are collaborating on developing a technology which will work on gestures and do the basic electrical actions that we do in our day to day life.

Image Credit: The New York Times

The concept that Microsoft and University of Washington are jointly developing make use of Humans and turn their bodies in to a virtual antenna which gives them the power to play with electromagnetic energy around them.  It looks to be an advanced version of Kinect with a basic difference that it does not involve any elaborate instruments/ gadgets.  The technology plays safe with the electromagnetic field surrounding the electrical components and wires. The lead researchers in this project are Shwetak N. Patel an asst. professor at Washington University and Desney Tan, a senior researcher at Microsoft Research.

Image Credit: The New York Times

As it does not involve many physical devices, the technology is really inexpensive especially as compared to Nintendo's Wii and Microsoft's Kinect. It is widely known fact that human body is slightly inclined to an electromagnetic field. The Matt Reynolds, an asst. Professor at Duke is one of the members trying to develop an algorithm to attach the two electric fields in a best possible manner. However, this does not mean that there is any harm to human health in doing so. This is because we are already living under an electric field. Now the scientists are only trying to exploit the energy which is still around us and is left unused.

Upon its development, the technology will have wide applications. For example you will just have to wave your hand in a particular manner to have your Air conditioner working or you can just touch the walls with predetermined number of fingers which might switch on the fan. This invention although boasts of a renewed home automation, it will take time to develop it completely and bring it to market. Posted in: #Gadgets

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