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'Matchpoint' Gesture-Recognition System Turns Any Object into a Remote Control
New gesture-control technology that can turn everyday household objects into remote controls could revolutionize how users interact with televisions and other screens. The "??Matchpoint"?? technology, created at Lancaster University, requires only a webcam and works by displaying moving targets that orbit a small circular widget in the corner of the screen. These targets correspond to different functions - such as volume, changing channel, or viewing a menu. The user synchronizes the direction of movement of the target with their hand, head, or an object to achieve what researchers call "??spontaneous spatial coupling,"?? which activates the desired function.

To learn more, read a Tech Briefs Q&A with the technology's inventor.
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