Researchers at MIT have discovered the key to gesture-based computer (a la Minority Report): a multicolored Lycra glove that costs about $1 to manufacture. The glove is covered with 20 irregularly shaped patches that use 10 different colors that are all picked up by a standard webcam. Using a “new algorithm for rapidly looking up visual data in a database” the glove can be used to “gauge hand position in three dimensions — including the flexing of individual fingers — as well as a possible application in mechanical engineering.” Love it.
Controlling a computer using nothing but your hands. A feat we’ve all seen done before by Mr. Cruise in Minority Report. As part of a final project in a digital media course, a couple of MIT students have created an extremely crude version of what we saw in the sci-fi movie. Using gloves with LED tips and a webcam, the students demo how an on-screen image can be manipulated with various hand gestures. So we’re not there yet, but at least we’re moving forward. Take a look at the gloves in the gallery below.