Elliptic Labs brings Minority Report interface to the iPad

By on December 23, 2010, 1:17 PM
If you liked the Minority Report interface demonstrated on Microsoft's Kinect motion controller, you'll like this one for Apple's iPad. Norwegian company Elliptic Labs is going to demo its touchless user interface for iPads at CES 2011. For now, we'll have to make do with the video embedded below.

"The idea is that you use touchless gestures to operate primary functions of a docked tablet in situations like when you have wet or greasy hands in the kitchen," Elliptic Labs CEO Stian Aldrin told Mobile Magazine. "In general tablets are made for being handheld. When it is docked you are often walking or standing further away, and then using a finger on the screen involves a change of modality. Rather than bending down, leaning forward or picking it up you can use larger movements a little bit further away to do things like volume up or next song without changing modality."

The technology emits an ultrasound field around the device that detects your hand movements and takes them into account. The iPad has a small screen, so standing back and using it without touching it seems a little pointless. Aldrin does, however, mention one use case that makes soem sense: when you're cooking and you're using the iPad to look at a recipe. Can you think of any others?





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Guest said:

possibly if your ipad is hooked up to VGA and you're giving a presentation from it you could guide the presentation......... fapping?

Decimae said:

I'd think TV too. Interface for Google TV or something.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

So basically Kinect for the iPad...

w3b0n said:

its great to live all this hi tech times

mattfrompa mattfrompa said:

why not just integrate this into an iMac if you are going for the "me too!" approach?...

I see no compelling reason to make this for iPad...like they said, tablets are generally in your hands...

edison5do said:

w3b0n said:

its great to live all this hi tech times

Cheers on that my friend, I think the same, But I wish the world still have some Shine on my little daugther times, cause valors (The moral) are going to dust on these times I canĀ't even think about the future.

matrix86 matrix86 said:

Guest said:

possibly if your ipad is hooked up to VGA...

Ipad doesn't have vga

[Quote] and you're giving a presentation from it...

I'm beginning to wonder if you've even ever seen an ipad up close and personal, lol

Guest said:

Living in such high tech times, would you expect people to be smarter? Very nice use of the english language here.....

b44g6 said:

Comparing this to kinect whats the pros and cons??

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