Innovation explained: Gesture Control

When it comes to a vision of the future, it is hard to imagine life without it, gesture control. Whether Minority Report or Iron Man, dashboards and touch screens are a thing of the past. But what exactly can one imagine under this technological development?

MYO Gesture Control Bracelet (Source: MYO)


Benefit of gesture control

Theoretically speaking, in gesture control algorithms interpret human gestures by means of mathematical calculations and trigger a corresponding action. Gestures can be interpreted from the face as well as from certain hand movements. These gestures can be used to control devices or to interact with them without having to physically touch them.

With a sophisticated gesture recognition it is thus possible to point the finger at a point that reacts accordingly. In the long run, this makes the previously common input on devices superfluous or even redundant. Buttons, keyboards and touch surfaces can be a thing of the past.

In addition to voice control, gesture control is one of the most promising micro trends currently available on the market. Special gestures will establish themselves as standards, such as we already have today for wiping or zooming. Many activities that today require manual control can be carried out faster and better with gesture recognition. Craftsmen and doctors do not have to interrupt their work in order to search for the right information on a keyboard; a simple nudge in the air provides further information. Other aspects of the Our interface are also modernized. But experts are sure that gesture control will not replace the screens for the time being, as there are more functions than could ever be controlled by a gesture.


Google goes the next steps

In line with this, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Tech giant Google has now given the extension of tests with radar-based motion sensors to Google. This allows Google to deepen its work on gesture control with so-called solid-state sensors. According to the FCC, the soli sensor can use radar pulses to detect movements in the ram and interpret them. This makes it possible to control a machine without physical contact.



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Alexander Pinker
Alexander Pinker
Alexander Pinker is an innovation profiler, future strategist and media expert who helps companies understand the opportunities behind technologies such as artificial intelligence for the next five to ten years. He is the founder of the consulting firm "Alexander Pinker - Innovation Profiling", the innovation marketing agency "innovate! communication" and the news platform "Medialist Innovation". He is also the author of three books and a lecturer at the Technical University of Würzburg-Schweinfurt.

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