Posted by: Ian Rowley on August 8, 2006
Those wasted hours searching for remote controls could soon be over. Researchers at Osaka University in Japan have come up with a new system where palm movements, rather than remotes, are used to control domestic appliances. Instead of using a handheld controller, the group have developed a system which projects a screen on to the palm of the hand. Then, as the user “presses” the buttons with the other hand a camera captures the movements and the data is used to change channels, volume etc. At the moment that requires some fairly cumbersome equipment (See: here) but the brains behind the system hope to have a practical version ready in five years. As someone with six remote controls in my living room alone (that’s for the TV, cable TV set-top box, hifi, projector, DVD player and air conditioning unit) the prospect of operating the lot from the palm of my hand can’t come soon enough.