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New Computer Interface?

Check it out. This company called Mgestyk (say it out loud, you’ll get it) has posted videos of their product being demoed on Youtube.

Essentially, they’ve taken a high-end 3d webcam and paired some software with it that allows gestures to be recognized as input, similar to a mouse or keyboard. The interesting part isn’t the concept itself, because it’s been done before. What piqued my interest was the complexity of possible inputs. Mgestyk’s solution recognizes changes in depth, allowing gestures to be interpreted three-dimensionally instead of just in 2d. A good example of this in the video is when they show the user throttling a plane in the flight simulator.

There are a ton of possible applications for this technology, including gaming, photo and video editing, file transfer, web surfing, and much more. Being a writer, I can’t help but wonder how effective this would be at basic typing. I suppose in theory they could assign regions of space to different letters and have you tap them to input letters and words, but I’m not sure how well that would work, as users would tend to move their hands around and might end up hitting the wrong area. Also, physical strain might be an issue for some users (though it can be argued that this is currently an issue with non-ergonomic keyboards and mice).

It is important to note that there is defined lag in the demo video – maybe around a half second or so. If used currently, this would be completely unacceptable for any but the most casual of games. I certainly wouldn’t be able to play any of my favorite twitch-and-shoot titles like Team Fortress 2, Fallout 3, and Crysis (I’ve yet to finish that stupid campaign).

This product isn’t available yet, although Mgestyk’s website does allow interested consumers to sign up on a first come, first served basis. It isn’t binding in any way – all they require is your email address.

Obviously, a lot of work needs to be done before this will be a viable solutions for most users, especially anyone that wants to try anything demanding. It seems as though they’ve made a solid first effort, however, and I can’t wait to see what sorts of improvements Mgestyk makes to this. Who knows, if the end product is good enough, I might even pick it up. It’ll be a blast to control my PC Minority Report style.

Mgestyk’s product is currently only compatible with Windows XP and Vista. Hopefully they open this stuff up to the OS-X and Linux crowds in the future.

Also, I’ve emailed Mgestyk requesting an interview. Hopefully they respond, and if so, I’ll be bringing you some exclusive info on their work!


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