Whenever we reach a date once deemed to be “the future” in a sci-fi fantasy, as we did in 2015 (the “future” in the movie “Back to the Future Part II”), we can’t help compare the actual progress of everyday technology with the pipedreams that remain beyond our grasp. While time travel using trash-powered flux capacitors might still seem a long way off, computer control via gestures, as demonstrated by Tom Cruise in “Minority Report”, could be with us much sooner than the scriptwriter anticipated. Mydison Ltd from Branchton, Canada, wants to prove just how near we already are to this futuristic scenario at CeBIT.
The company is bringing its Magie iRIID (intelligent Robotic Interface Input Device) to Hannover to do just that. This somewhat baffling name belongs to the virtual 3D computer-video-vision-user interface app for the world’s first gesture interface robot, invented by Hsien Hsiang Chiu. Thankfully, using this innovative technology is far less complicated than it sounds. All you need is a Microsoft Kinect sensor camera, an up-to-date Windows PC, a couple of cables and drivers – and off you go! Conventional input devices are set to become a thing of the past in the (near!) future. Once everything’s properly set up and installed, Magie iRIID supports four input methods for controlling the computer using hand movements, like in the science-fiction movies. Whether a virtual mouse, keyboard or touchscreen, the app registers and identifies all gestures and converts them into inputs and commands.
Mydison Ltd. (N0B 1L0 Branchton, Canada), Hall 11, Stand A38(4)