Are you tired of losing your remote and looking everywhere for it? A team of researchers from Lancaster University has just found a solution to this unending problem, and implemented a technology on TVs which allows users to turn almost anything into a remote. Anything which moves in front of the TV should be able to turn the volume up or down, or to change the channel.
The technology allows you to use anything as a remote
A similar technology already exists, which reads someone’s gesture and translates them into controls for the TV. However, the new technique differs in its simplicity. These former controls were engineered to recognize one’s finger or hand when looking for the gestures in question. The new remote technology reads only the gestures, which can be performed either by a hand alone, by a hand which holds something else, or by a different object.
This new technology is called Matchpoint, and consists of a webcam attached to the TV. The webcam, instead of looking for certain objects and body parts, reads only gestures and motion. Therefore, simply moving your hand in a certain part of the screen activates a slider. Then, you can take control of the slider even if you’re holding something in your hand. Also, it can be controlled by a moving object nearby, or even by your cat.
The new system is more user-friendly
This system is way simpler than the previous one, since it only looks for movement, and the technique is easier for everybody. It’s less complicated to make the computer trace movement instead of objects, and people are better fans of using anything as a remote.
The technique can be manufactured to read the movement of mostly anything the users want. Researchers find it a really innovative idea, and think it can successfully replace a real remote, if the users cannot make use of one.
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