Prototype device promises 3D computing

A wireless device that detects and uses the detailed 3D movements of a user’s fingertips to control digital information on a computer could have a huge impact on 3D modelling and design.

The as yet un-named technology, developed by Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellow Dr Jack A. Cohen of Warwick University, works by combining information from cameras and wireless sensors.

The technology has potential in the gaming industry as well as other niche markets such as remotely operated machinery, where it could replace or augment trackpads and mice. Instead, people would be able to create and manipulate digital information with their hands in a free and natural way.


Dr Cohen said: ”The power we have in computers is incredible, especially on the graphics side – you can see this through recent advances in gaming graphics. However, how we interact with personal computers has barely changed since they were invented.

”At the moment, computers are controlled using 2D devices such as mice and track pads. Systems such as Leap Motion are a big step up but have limited range and gesture capabilities.

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March 13, 2015



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