4tiitoo's new NUIA eyeCharm add-on teaches Microsoft's Kinect a new trick.
Tony Stark wannabes are freaking out right now. No, seriously, f-r-e-a-k-i-n-g out.
Tobii’s eyeball-controllable computer tech is going to launch soon. It's going to be slick, and it's just as incredible as we remembered from last year.
Tobii has new fancy gaze-tracking glasses. Say hello to the REX.
This is a metal ball. It levitates. In midair. You can move it around however you want and then let go of it, and it'll just stick there, defying both gravity and common sense. The MIT Media Lab has worked this into an interface that lets both you and a computer communicate through the manipulation of physical objects. Flying objects!
The 30th annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems is going on right now in Texas, and it looks like Microsoft is there in force. It's showing off five new concepts in human computer interaction, from body part projection to sound wave control to motion-capturing antennas made of people.
Until Kinect and Tobii get miniaturized enough to fit into a laptop that won't crush your femurs into calcium supplements, a startup called Flutter offers a simple way to control music and movie playback with hand gestures using even a webcam as terrible as the one in a netbook.
When we checked out Tobii's eye-tracking magic back at CES, we were blown away by how well it worked, but the hardware was prohibitively bulky. Tobii's new IS-2 module is smaller, cheaper, and ready for manufacturers to shove into (almost) anything you want to control with your eyeballs.
Touchscreens are a step up from keyboards for interfacing with mobile devices, but they're still not as easy to use as they could be. Voice recognition technology is one way to go, but for many tasks, a direct approach is more efficient, and Google has patented a new gesture that'll make searching nearly effortless.
Usually, we find just one or two things at CES every year that get us really, really stoked about the future. Last year it was Samsung's beautiful bendable displays, but this year, we were starting to worry that nothing would hit it out of the park. And then we tried Tobii's eye tracking computer interface system, and as Kevin so eloquently puts it: OMGWOW.