We’re featuring a real winner today! Why is that? Because today’s featured hack was the winner at the CVPR 2012 Workshop On Gesture Recognition.

We’ve picked a demo video that we figured would appeal to a lot of our readers out there — one that features a lightsaber! Come on, admit it, you’ve had fantasies of playing with one, haven’t you?

For those interested in learning more about the technology behind it, here’s a detailed description of what these guys have come up with:

“The technology developed at Sigma R&D can detect your fingers using a depth sensor. The individual directions of your fingers can be tracked, which allows you to use your hand as an advanced controller. For instance, a bare hand can turn into a virtual light saber. The system can also interpret the shape of your hands. For instance, sign language gestures can be translated in real time. the users can type without a keyboard, or give commands to applications such as games.

“The system can determine the direction of the light saber by analyzing your hands. If the thumb is extended, the light saber is on. Otherwise, the system turns the light saber off.

“The same technology is used by Sigma R&D to create other virtual devices, such as a virtual joystick, mouse and driving wheel. For instance, you can use your left hand as a joystick, and your right hand as a mouse, and play many different games with your bare hands.”

To learn more and see photos from the event, click on the link below!

 

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