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Microsoft researching sound only gesture system

Microsoft researching sound only gesture system

The Kinect has made motion controls a reality for consoles, and we might soon be seeing similar technology make the jump to PCs and laptops. Rather than using a dedicated motion sensor bar, Microsoft Research is developing a technique called SoundWave that would detect motion and implement controls using only the microphone and speakers on a laptop.

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Google invents original continuous search gestures

Google invents original continuous search gestures

A Google patent filing with the US Patent and Trademark Office has been discovered by PatentlyApple, revealing that the company has invented some new gesture controls for search-related functions on future Android devices. Google extensively explained the concept, which essentially allows users to draw a continuous gesture around some content onscreen to automatically initiate a search for that content in Google.

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ETRONIKA produce Kinect-based online banking

ETRONIKA produce Kinect-based online banking

As one of the relatively few companies across the earth to receive Kinect for Windows & SDK before the official announcement, you know good and well that Microsoft has some faith in the group known as ETRONIKA. And what they've produced here is something that was bound to happen one way or another: Kinect-based online banking. Their solution includes analyzing user's face, voice, and gestures to help them through the process of banking online. Will such a solution sweep the nation, or will we still be too afraid to trust the computer to know our wrinkles and nose shape?

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Apple wins patent for Slide to Unlock iOS gesture

Apple wins patent for Slide to Unlock iOS gesture

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has just granted Apple a new patent today for its "Slide to Unlock" iOS gesture. The patent application was filed more than a year before the very first iPhone and refers to the unlocking gesture in broad terms as when "contact with the display corresponds to a predefined gesture for unlocking the device."

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Qbo robot tweaked to be a music robot with gesture recognition for control

Qbo robot tweaked to be a music robot with gesture recognition for control

We have talked about the cool little Qbo robot before. The little crowd sourced robot can be tweaked to do all sorts of cool stuff. Last time we mentioned the little bot it had been tweaked to recognize objects held in front of it. The bot has turned up in a new tweak that allows it to be used as a music player that will speak the name of your tracks and can be controlled with hand gestures.

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Qualcomm buys GestureTek gesture-recognition tech for Snapdragon

Qualcomm buys GestureTek gesture-recognition tech for Snapdragon

Qualcomm has acquired a bundle of gesture recognition technologies from developer GestureTek, promising to integrate the systems into current and future Snapdragon chipsets. While the exact technologies in question are not specified - Qualcomm only says "certain intellectual property assets related to gesture recognition, as well as key engineering resources" - the systems are likely to allow for motion-based control of future smartphones, tablets and home entertainment devices, similar to what Microsoft's Kinect offers on the Xbox 360.

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