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06. 27. 2011

Microsoft to turn your home into a control panel


Microsoft researchers are currently working on a way to make the walls and surfaces in our homes into giant control panels in order to control electrical appliances or even computer games.

The system would work by tapping into electromagnetic fields created by electronic equipment and power cables within our homes and walls. Users would then need to wear sensors on their bodies so that specific movements can be recognized by the software, for instance touching a wall or making a certain hand gesture.

New Scientist suggests that the system could mean control over basic functions within the home, like changing light and temperature settings. It also has huge implications for gaming, although the Kinect works by sensing movements this new system wouldn't require users to be in front of a screen or camera.

For more information read this article about Computational User Experiences from the Microsoft Research blog.

Via New Scientist.

Posted by Becca    Category: home
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