3D not just for TVs, but gesture control too

A prototype system allows users to control a computer in 3D

3D glasses may soon be a thing of the past, courtesy of the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications' research.

3D glasses may soon be a thing of the past, courtesy of the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications' research.

As 3D imaging emerged as a theme at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications took the technology a step further and presented its research on 3D gesture control.

Called the iPoint 3D, the hardware and software components allow two hands to control actions on a screen in three dimensions. The interactive exhibit allows users to view 3D images without special glasses and to manipulate virtual objects without a remote control, according to Paul Chojecki, a researcher at the Berlin-based institute.

The institute showed how the technology works with a game of ping pong.

Two players stand about 3 meters away from a Philips 3D television and extend their hands. Above the players, on the ceiling, is a hardware unit that contains two cameras, a bank of infrared lights and a laser. The laser shines down and creates a reference point for players to line their wrists up with. Then as users move their hands the cameras capture the motion and the virtual ping-pong paddles respond accordingly.

The Fraunhofer Institute added the third dimension in the past year. At IFA 2008 a similar prototype was on display, but could only accommodate one user and only worked in a 2D plane. While they have come a long way in a year, Chojecki said that they still have more work to do.

"Right now we have a limited number of gestures that we can detect and that also make sense....We have to ask the users what do they do, what do they want and then we can work with that," he said.

The technology is still in the research phase so there are no plans for commercialization.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags television3d

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Nick Barber

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Skywatcher Dobsonian 8″ Collapsible Telescope

Learn more >

Family Friendly

Whodunnit™ Duo-Scope MFL-007 Microscope Kit

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Logitech Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 Bluetooth Speaker

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?