Are you finding your TV remote again? If you have to fight with your cushions to find out your TV remote, don’t worry, one day it will be a long-forgotten hassle. Researchers at the University of Lancaster have developed a technique that will allow anything in your house to become a TV remote – even your cat.
Lancaster University researchers have developed a technique in the UK that can interact the movement of the body or the movements of an object with the screen.
With just one webcam and “Matchpoint technology“, the user needs to match only the gesture motions on the screen with the icon and the moving object.
Unlike the existing gesture control technology, this software does not only recognize the body’s part or trained parts such as “Hand”, this technology only require a rotating movement of an object, it does not need any such software who have the prior knowledge about the objects.
It provides more flexibility and ease for the user because it also works when your hand is full, or when you are standing or sliding on the couch.
Sliders appear when doing volume adjustment or channel selection. The user needs to moves their hands, head or object in the direction indicated by the slider to change the volume or to find the desired channel.
Similar to a TV, this technique can also be used with other screens. For example, YouTube tutorials, such as mending bikes or baking cakes, can be easily stopped and play on tablet computers.
Multiple pointers can be created for more than one users so they can do pictures drawings simultaneously on interactive whiteboards.
Matchpoint Technology lets users to manipulate images on the whiteboard by using hands to zoom out and zoom in.