SEOUL, June 2 (Korea Bizwire) – A technology that can control smart devices with hand gestures without the need for touch has been developed by a state-run research outfit.
The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute said on June 1 that it has succeeded in developing the “wearable gesture technology” capable of controlling wearable computers such as the smart wristwatch with simple moves of a hand or fingers.
Most existing smart device control techniques require the user’s touch or the user looking directly at the machine so that it can recognize the user. The latest technology makes use of a sensor attached to the wristband that can catch minute movements of the user and transform these into actionable signals.
For example, the sinew on the wrist changes when the user clenches her fist. This change activates the sensor which then sends out infrared ray signals and receives optical signals in return.
The institute will showcase the new technology in the upcoming June 4 local election TV programs. The caster will control the video screen using the motion sensor-embedded smart wristwatch. Once the technology is proven reliable, the institute will transfer it to manufacturers for commercial applications.
Chung Hyun-Tae, a research staff at ETRI, said, “Smart watches at current technology always need to be touched with a finger for activation, with screen control unwieldy. If we can add an authentication element to the new technology, we can come up with a new application for security locks. For example, people can open and close the door of their homes with a simple hand gesture.”
Written by Sean Chung (firstname.lastname@example.org)