gesture control

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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FIN wearable turns palm into keypad

FIN wearable turns palm into keypad

Wearables have largely revolved around smartglasses and smartwatches, but slowly other wearable items are cropping up, among them being the Bluetooth safety alert jewelry we saw yesterday and, as of late, the crowdfunded FIN ring. This ring functions as a sort of hands-free control for various devices and activities, and has surpassed its funding goal on Indiegogo.

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Samsung Smart TVs to accept “finger gestures” for 2014

Samsung Smart TVs to accept “finger gestures” for 2014

Samsung's 2014 Smart TV line will be a step up from the 2013 models. The company described a few of the details in an announcement today, one of which is "finger gestures" -- a fine-tuning of the gesture controls already included in the Smart TVs. Samsung will demonstrate the features in full at CES 2014 in early January. For now, here's a sneak peek.

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Xbox One voice and gesture command cheat sheets available

Xbox One voice and gesture command cheat sheets available

Xbox Live's "Major Nelson" (Larry Hryb) has posted two handy cheat sheets for the Xbox One's Kinect voice and gesture controls. The cheat sheets detail some of the more fundamental voice and gesture commands you can use at any one time, depending on the context of the task at hand. The resolution is a bit grainy at the moment, but the good Major has promised some full-size printable PDFs soon. [UPDATE: unified PDF now available at his blog.]

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Internet Explorer for Xbox One to include new voice, gesture controls

Internet Explorer for Xbox One to include new voice, gesture controls

Microsoft this weekend rolled out a few descriptions of how the voice and gesture controls will work in Internet Explorer for Xbox One. In a post on Exploring IE, the company explained that you will be able to say "Xbox, select" to bring up a voice command menu when the Kinect is on, followed by the command like "Browse to" or "Click on". Gesture support will also be speedier than it is for Xbox 360.

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Elliptic Labs gesture control could be Kinect for your phone by 2014

Elliptic Labs gesture control could be Kinect for your phone by 2014

Motion-tracking technology that allows you to control your smartphone from several feet away, even when it's away on a nearby table, could show up in handsets as soon as next year. Elliptic Labs gesture control system uses tiny ultrasonic sensors to grant 180-degree awareness to phones and tablets, picking up hand movement from up to three feet away, whether it's in front of the device or off to the side. Now, the company says, it's finally almost time for the sensor tech to show up in production hardware.

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MYO Armbands bringing muscle-reading gesture control in early 2014

MYO Armbands bringing muscle-reading gesture control in early 2014

With the wearable device known as MYO, there's no need for the computer to see you to understand your commands. Instead, this armband connects to your device - Mac and Windows for now, Android and iOS soon - with Bluetooth and reads gestures you make with your hand and arm through muscle fluctuations. This armband is already out in the wild - the full "second wave" for the public comes in early 2014.

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WiSee uses Wi-Fi to detect gesture commands from any location

WiSee uses Wi-Fi to detect gesture commands from any location

Gesture control systems abound, with one of the most popular devices enabling this perhaps being Microsoft's Kinect. One of the limitations of gesture control is the requirement to be positioned in front of the related device, something that is removed with the WiSee wireless Internet-based system. Using WiSee, an individual can use gesture control from anywhere within their home or wherever the network is located.

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Leap Motion demos Windows 8 gesture-control functionality ahead of beta launch

Leap Motion demos Windows 8 gesture-control functionality ahead of beta launch

Leap Motion has rolled out a preview of its gesture-control functionality on Windows 8 (it will work for Windows 7 as well, though). In case you're not familiar with the device, it allows users to go hands-off when using their computer, controlling via gestures made in front of the display. We've got the preview video available for your perusal after the break.

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Pantech Perception Review

Pantech Perception Review

This week we've had the opportunity to have a peek at the newest smartphone from Verizon in the Pantech Perception, a device whose gesture abilities appear at first to outweigh its full suite of high-end specifications. While this device isn't exactly a match for the likes of the GALAXY S 4 from Samsung or the HTC One by any means, Pantech does appear to have created a solid device for the masses, and not one meant for the budget crowd they've so often tended to in the past.

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TouchPal keyboard for Windows 8 now available in the Windows Store

TouchPal keyboard for Windows 8 now available in the Windows Store

Last week, we talked about a new keyboard for Windows 8 called TouchPal. It's been available for Android and iOS devices for some time now, but the company behind the keyboard just recently made it available for Windows 8 touch devices. While, the app was only available on the developer's website, users can now grab it for free in the Windows Store.

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TouchPal keyboard for Windows 8 brings gesture typing

TouchPal keyboard for Windows 8 brings gesture typing

When it comes to gesture based typing we often think of Android. Some of the apps for Android include Swype, TouchPal and now the default keyboard in Android 4.2. But on that note, it looks like TouchPal has recently released an app for another platform -- Windows 8. The one catch, the keyboard is not yet available from the Windows Store. UPDATE: This app is now available in the Windows Store - go out and grab it!

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