Germany’s PMDTechnologies Shows Off Miniature CamBoard Pico Gesture Control Device

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

PMD CamBoard Pico

Now that touchscreen technology has gone mainstream, the tech industry is looking ahead to the next method of interacting with your devices.  So far there hasn’t been much luck with mind reading technology, so the next best thing looks like its going to be gesture control.  Instead of physically touching your screen, gesture control technology allows you to navigate your device with arm and hand movements.  Microsoft has used a version of this with their Kinect add-on to the Xbox, but now companies are looking to enter the market with devices for your home computer.

PMDTechnologies, a tech company located in Siegen, Germany, has been working on gesture control for 10 years now and is now showing off their latest innovation called the CamBoard Pico.  The tiny device is similar to the Leap Motion Controller  which will be hitting store shelves this May, but according to PMD, the CamBoard Pico is designed to be more accurate.  Instead of only tracking your finger tips, PMD’s technology will track the full movement of your hands to allow for better recognition of gestures.

If you’re wondering when you’ll be able to get your hands on the CamBoard Pico, it looks like you may have to wait a while.  Unlike the competition, PMD does not release their products directly to consumers.  Instead, their designs are sold to manufactures who may then choose to integrate it with future products.  However, that means you could see this tech built-in to the latest webcams found in most computers, which would eliminate the need for an add-on product like the Leap Motion Controller.


Sources: Digital Trends, TechCrunch

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