Computer vision technologies for manipulating digital interfaces with gestures are already here and mature; now it’s simply a matter of designing creative applications around them. And as with many design tasks, presentation is everything.
ActionScript programmer Peter Kaptein has done some brilliant creative work to mimic the infamous gestural interface in the film Minority Report using only Flash, FLAR toolkit, a webcam, a printer.. and his fingers.
Jeremy Bailey created this project to promote the programmes and services of Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Center. He wrote his own physical interface presentation software from the ground up to help me accomplish this task. This video is the result. Mad.
Chris O’Shea found this demo of the upcoming game Your Shape for Wii. The camera vision itself is fairly simple, but the software is being clever about mapping foreground motion to some pre-determined 3D model of the body.
And here’s the Your Shape trailer.
Chris also wrote this fascinating post at the mysterious controller for Project Natal. Worth a read.