gesture control

ZTE Nubia Z9 has some interesting “invisible” bezels

ZTE Nubia Z9 has some interesting “invisible” bezels

It seems that there will be a new trend, at least among Chinese OEMs at first. Samsung's Galaxy S6 edge seems to have sparked a new idea about how to deal with bezels. OPPO's upcoming R7 is already known for "faking" its bezel-less looks, almost a literal smoke and mirrors, particularly the mirror part. ZTE seems to have somewhat followed suit, but it is taking it an interesting step further. The ZTE Nubia Z9 actually does have a bit of border, though you can't almost see them, but those borders can be used to do things as well.

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Infrared Curtain offers more affordable option to touchscreen

Infrared Curtain offers more affordable option to touchscreen

Judging by the recent spate of announcements, we might be seeing a lot of in-vehicle infotainment announcements soon, probably at CES 2015 next month even. But while cars are getting smarter this way, they are also bound to get more expensive because of the addition of touchscreens. Automotive supplier Continental thinks it might have a better, cheaper option. Using infrared technology, any surface, even a non-capacitive display, can become a multi-touch input device that can be used even with gloves on.

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MisterBrightLight smart desk adjusts with gesture control

MisterBrightLight smart desk adjusts with gesture control

If your work day is spent sitting in front of a desk, you've likely given consideration to a standing desk. You can stand up and stretch a bit while still getting work done, but at some point you're going to want to sit back down. This means you'll either have to manually adjust your desk's height -- if it isn't fixed -- or you'll need to get a bar-height office chair...leaving you awkwardly towering above your coworkers. MisterBrightLight bids itself as a smart desk with the solution, and it comes in the form of gesture control.

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Flow wireless controller: gesture control and more

Flow wireless controller: gesture control and more

When a trackpad isn't precise enough for your computing needs, you likely turn to a mouse. When a mouse isn't precise enough either, the folks behind the Flow wireless controller are offering an alternative -- a puck-shaped device that uses a combination of gesture control and touch sensitivity to take things up a notch. Flow features a high number of accuracy points, and is designed to better work with the human hand in comparison to the traditional mouse design. 

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GoGlove wants to make your smartphone talk to the hand

GoGlove wants to make your smartphone talk to the hand

One of the oft cited drawbacks of a purely touchscreen world is that smartphones and tablets become nigh unusable with just fingers in cold regions or weather because gloves that would keep our hands from falling off from frostbite also get in the way of touch interfaces. Of course, there are styluses, but those are easy to lose or drop and some prefer to use their hands. Enter GoGlove, a Kickstarter glove that promises to let you control your smartphone while keeping your fingers cozy and warm.

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onecue can turn you into an appliance-controlling Jedi

onecue can turn you into an appliance-controlling Jedi

The more smart appliances we add to our house, the more remote controls or apps or whatnot we add to our tool belt, which can get pretty confusing at times. There are a few attempts, like SmartThings and Logitech Harmony, to corral them all under one control, but those usually don't cover those appliances that haven't made the leap to the smart generation yet. onecue does all of the above with one special feature: it lets you control those appliances, both smart and regular ones, like a Jedi master.

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The gesture control we want for smartphones, wearables is here

The gesture control we want for smartphones, wearables is here

Several methods exist for getting you to stop touching your smartphone, but none actually get you away from physical interaction. From wearables to devices that check your eyes to see if you’re looking at the screen, none completely get you away from touching the screen. Elliptic Labs might, though, with “multi layer interaction”.

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New Windows Phone may have gesture control, like Kinect

New Windows Phone may have gesture control, like Kinect

Companies like Motorola and Microsoft want you to have smartphones, but don’t seem to want you to touch them. Motorola’s always-on listening mode gave us hands-free search, and a new report suggests Microsoft is trying to do something similar. Relying on gestures, a new handset may end up being the one you set down and never pick back up.

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Imogen Heap Mi.Mu gloves create music with gesture

Imogen Heap Mi.Mu gloves create music with gesture

Some musicians can visualize music, and soon that skill will be matched with a new sort of "instrument" -- the Mi.Mu, a pair of gesture-based gloves that allow one to create music using gestures. The wearable is the work of Imogen Heap and engineers, and is currently in the development process.

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Type-Hover-Swipe: Microsoft’s prototype gesture keyboard

Type-Hover-Swipe: Microsoft’s prototype gesture keyboard

Microsoft Research has shown off its latest work in the motion-control category: the Type-Hover-Swipe mechanical keyboard. With this device comes a keyboard equipped with small sensors between the keys that detect gestures in a mere 96 bytes, allowing for device control.

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Aquifi “Fluid Experience” targets adaptive gesture control

Aquifi “Fluid Experience” targets adaptive gesture control

The folks that created some of the core gesture tech used by Microsoft's Xbox One Kinect have taken the wraps off their new company, Aquifi, ushering in their Fluid Experience Technology. With the Fluid Experience software platform comes adaptive gesture control for every day gadgets, including tablets and smartphones.

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Ring wearable device puts the power right at your fingertip

Ring wearable device puts the power right at your fingertip

Who says that a wearable need to be something geeky like an eyeglass or big like a watch? This Ring input device shows that something so small can just be as useful and perhaps even be more expressive.

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