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Sunday, February 22, 2009

iPoint 3D – A novel technology for remote control

iPoint 3D – A novel technology for remote control
iPoint 3D is a novel communication platform for people to communicate with a 3-D display through simple gestures - without touching it and without 3-D glasses or a data glove. It just requires users to mover their hands in the air to do a variety of tasks-such as switching on the light, turning the stove on/off, and viewing any image from all angles
It is a recognition device which is not much larger than a keyboard; it can be suspended from the ceiling above the user or integrated in a coffee table. Its two built-in cameras detect hands and fingers in real time and transmit the information to a computer," said Paul Chojecki, a research scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut, HHI, explaining the technology.
The device is also equipped with two FireWire cameras, which are inexpensive. The off-the-shelf video cameras that are easy to install.
The iPoint 3D can also be useful in a living room or office, or even in a hospital operating room, or as part of an interactive information system.
"Since the interaction is entirely contactless, the system is ideal for scenarios where contact between the user and the system is not possible or not allowed, such as in an operating room," said Chojecki.
The Berlin researchers will be presenting the iPoint 3D at CeBIT, the trade fair for information and communication technologies, in Hanover from March 3-8.
This novel system would be the remote control of the future and can replace the conventional touch screen systems

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