Eyesight technologies has just announced a brand new interface for the Apple iPad 2 and iPhone 4. They have implemented a new touch free system that will allow users to control their devices using gestures in a similar fashion to Microsofts Kinect platform. The design team suggests a few practical uses for gesture control, including operating an iOS device when your hands are full or just caked up in gunk. A great example would be when users are cooking, painting or working in a messy or indeed sterile environment.
Eyesight has previously utilized their technology on a variety of different platforms, including Android, Windows, Linux and Meego. The move to iOS was the next logical step and touchless technology works well with the current gesture control built into Apple mobile devices.
“We are excited to broaden our software offering to iOS, and look forward to being part of the App store market,” said Gideon Shmuel, eyeSight’s CEO. “By using our technology, users can easily consume content, operate applications and games in an easy and intuitive manner by simply moving their hands.”
eyeSight plan to launch an integrated application on the Apple app store in the near future which will allow users to control their phone and even other apps using touch free gestures. The system uses the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 front facing camera, so original iPad owners will be unable to make use of it. Apart from that no other equipment will be required and we can’t wait to try it out.
Imagine taking phone calls, skipping through tracks and playing games without actually touching the iPad, Minority report style computers are surely just a stones throw away!
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