Software Prototype: Camera Mobilephone Controlling Computers In 3D

20 January 2008 By Shashank


UK researchers have a developed a software prototype that will use bluetooth of the camera enabled cellphone to control the computer as if its a three dimensional mouse. See this as a Wii controller(sort of) controlling your computer moving and manipulating onscreen items simply by moving,waving the handset infront of you desktop PC.

This latest software based prototype could help people interacting with large public displays said Nick Pears one of the researchers involved in the project. The computer translates the phone’s movement and rotation in three dimensions into the actions of an onscreen cursor. It possible to use the phone like a 3D mouse, interacting with objects by pressing the phone’s buttons or rotating the phone.

In testing, volunteers were asked to resize an image on a screen. They selected the picture using a button and manipulated it by moving or rotating the phone. Moving the phone closer to the screen enlarged the photos, and drawing it away made them smaller. The new way of interacting with your computer is cool isn’t it.

Via NewScientist

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