Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Microsoft Kinect`s new trick: Pinch to zoom in thin air

Microsoft`s Kinect is a pretty cool device. Gamers and developers love it along with hobbyists and experimenters everywhere. But Microsoft has added some new tricks to Kinect, namely pinch to zoom in thin air.

From Microsoft Research:

"One promising direction in the evolution of Kinect for Windows is enabling hand-gesture recognition. A machine-learning project uses a large, varied set of images of people's hands to train Kinect to determine if a hand is open or closed. This enables the development of a handgrip detector, which could launch another step forward in natural user interfaces."

very cool, no idea if this will make it to existing Kinects or if you need a new model

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