I'MTech.: Will we soon be able to control machines with simple gestures? 

  • Posted on: 13 October 2017
  • By: Admin
BMW’s latest models allow the driver to use 5 gesture controls using camera detection. The H2020 "Silense" projects wants to go a step further, with ultrasound technology.

Will we soon be able to control machines with simple gestures? 

(I'MTech. - IMT science and technology news)

The “Silense” European project launched in May 2017 is aimed at redefining the way we interact with machines. By using ultrasound technology similar to sonar, the researchers and industrialists participating in this collaboration have chosen to focus on 3D motion sensing technology. This technology could allow us to control our smartphone or house with simple gestures, without any physical contact with a tactile surface.

Lower the volume on your TV from your couch just by lowering your hand. Close the blinds in your bedroom by simply squeezing your fingers together. Show your car’s GPS the right direction to take by lifting your thumb. It may sound like scenes from a science fiction movie. Yet these scenarios are part of the real-life objectives of the European H2020 project called “Silense”, which stands for (Ultra)Sound Interfaces and Low Energy iNtegrated SEnsors. For a three-year period, this project will bring together 32 academic and industrial partners from nine countries throughout the continent. This consortium—which is particularly large, even for a H2020 project—will work from 2017 to 2020 to develop new human-machine interfaces based on ultrasound.

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