From Venture Beat, and this looks to also have some nice healthcare use too with 3DV Systems.  The technology will allow you to control your computer with hand gestures, in other words no mouse or keyboard.  I have had some software around for a while that somewhat is similar, it uses a selected area of the screen and the camera moves with my hand gestures, i.e. I can play volleyball, basketball, etc. but this appears to be technology that has been expanded way past what I have seen thus far.  The software I have came with a web cam I purchased a while back.  This system too appears to require their webcam to work. 

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You can watch a video of a guy throwing a ball at his computer and it coming back.  This is actually kind of fun. 

Better yet for a more realistic video, watch how hand controls open and close screens with Windows Vista.  There are more at the site, but what comes to mind for me is no longer having the remote to control presentations, all can be done with your hands.  BD 

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From the website:

Robotics and Medical Devices

  • 3D vision for robots
  • 3D vision for the blind and in-body operations
  • Medical diagnostics


“Humans see the real world in three dimensions, or in other words as a set of objects with depth using various 'depth cues' which include shadows, shading, movement, size; and most significantly different and separate images for image
the right and left eyes (stereoscopic vision).
While robots need to have a three dimensional vision of the world too to perform many of their tasks, using the same 'depth cues' in robotics is difficult and ineffective.

Real-time depth capturing using 3DV's technology will make a radical change in the tasks that can be accomplished by intelligent and cost effective robots. Activities such as Material Handling; Assembly & Pick-and-Place; Collision Warning & Obstacle Detection; and Navigation, would be executed much more efficiently and robustly.
Some of the robotics applications could play a role in medical devices (e.g. obstacle detection and navigation for the blind providing a 3D view during an operation inside the body). Additionally, the imaging technology developed by 3DV could be employed in other medical applications, primarily in diagnostics (e.g. ophthalmic diagnostics,
IR mammography).”

A report surfaced last week that Microsoft was buying 3DV Systems for $35 million. My sources confirm that this is true.

3DV’s cameras could also be used to control a computer or serve as a remote control for a TV. 3DV is just one of a bunch of companies in this space. Other 3-D depth camera makers include Canesta and PrimeSense. Softkinetic is making software to make the technology more usable, and GestureTek has a bunch of non-gaming gesture-based technologies on the market. Sixense is making another kind of gesture-control interface using magnetic fields.

Sources confirm Microsoft is buying 3DV Systems » VentureBeat

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