Written by R.J. Huneke
Gesticulate the future of gaming with precise movements and motions of the hand through a wrist-mounted Microsoft Digits controller!
The progressive thinkers over at Microsoft took the Kinect’s body-sensing technology a step further in their Digits prototype.
The unit mounts at the wrist and sends a hypersensitive laser that tracks minute finger and hand movements and uses them in place of a mouse, hand-held game controller, or keyboard.
The LED laser lights read the hand’s position and then a miniature Kinect camera receives them, while a computer measure the hand within a 100th of an inch and recreates a virtual model to base the game controls off of.
I mean . . . damn!
Running as James Bond through the Russian snow levels of "GoldenEye" might be as simple as closing a fist. Once the comrades in arms step up to the rooftops to start sniping you, engaging the brown coated enemy with your trusted PP7 could be a simple as aiming at the screen and using a pretend shoot motion to fire off gaming rounds.
The Digits device is currently bulky, but the amazing thing is that it is extremely accurate and functional, even if the hand is resting on a desk top or leg (so that it does not go numb with pins and needles, folks).
The current goal is to shrink the Digits unit to the size of a modern wristwatch, though they have yet to say if that will be a tiny quarter machine watch, or a mega Movado-sized beast of a watch.
Either way, our hands have a firm grip on the future!
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