Gesture control technology turns any object into a TV remote
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Researchers from the UK’s Lancaster University have created new gesture control technology that can turn everyday objects into remote controls. The innovation could revolutionize how people interact with televisions and other screens such as a laptop showing YouTube videos, allowing for more than a single device to be used as a controller. The ‘Matchpoint’ technology only requires a normal webcam and works by displaying moving targets that orbit a small circular widget in the corner of the screen. These targets correspond to different functions, such as volume, changing channel or viewing a menu. The user synchronises the direction of movement of the target with their hand, head or an object in order to achieve what researchers call ‘spontaneous spatial coupling’, which activates the desired function.
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