Change the channel with a wave of the hand

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Scientists make TV remote redundant with a wave of the hand



[FONT=Geneva,Arial,sans-serif] Barbara McMahon in Sydney
Friday July 20, 2007
Guardian Unlimited

[/FONT]It is a scene played out nightly in many living rooms. A favourite television programme is about to start but where is the remote control? A new device that allows viewers to operate the on/off switch or change channels by simple hand gestures may make the remote control lost down the back of the sofa a thing of the past.
Its inventors, two engineers from Wollongong University in Australia, say the new gadget incorporates a camera that recognises hand signals and translates them into electronic commands for the TV and other audiovisual equipment.
Displaying a clenched fist means start, an outstretched hand with closed fingers means power on, a thumbs-up sign means volume up and a sideways victory sign means change channel.The technology is the brainchild of Dr Prashan Premaratne, a lecturer at the university's school of electrical, computer and telecommunications engineering, and his former PhD student, Quang Nguyen.
Dr Premaratne came up with the idea when he was at home watching television with his wife and missed seeing a programme because he could not find the remote control. "As an engineer, I thought I could do something about it," he told the Daily Telegraph in Sydney.
He and his student say the prototype, which sits on a shelf or a table between the viewer and the television, has proved 100% accurate in tests.
The pair, who have published their findings in the Institution of Engineering and Technology's Computer Vision Research Journal, say the technology could be incorporated into a set-top box with a hard disc drive at minimal cost.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/australia/story/0,,2131226,00.html

Sounds neat.
 

LiddyRules

I'm Gonna Be The Bestest Pilot In The Whole Galaxy
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You have like 500 channels, without that fucking menu thing you'll break your wrist after one go through of the channels. Dumb idea.
 
May 7, 2003
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Looks like I won't be doing the wave on my couch during Mets games anymore. :(
 

Creampier

I have to return some videotapes!
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It's a lot easier to use your thumb to press buttons on a plastic square, then to be spastically waving and gesturing about in the air. I dunno, this "invention" seems to be about as useless as Stephen Hawking's Cialis prescription to me.
 

MJMANDALAY

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Displaying a clenched fist means start, an outstretched hand with closed fingers means power on, a thumbs-up sign means volume up and a sideways victory sign means change channel.

I don't want to put the hit and run on I just want to change chanells WTF, somethings should be left alone.