Hand-Cranked Machine Plays Catch with Itself

There's something that's oddly hypnotic about watching this hand-cranked machine slice, drop and catch these small spherical rare earth magnets one at a time. The little 5mm ball magnets start out as a connected string, and are continuously fed through the contraption in a loop. As the video goes on, you get to see… » 5/06/11 7:30am 5/06/11 7:30am

DIY Hand Gesture Multi-Touch Using a Webcam... and Magic

Andy Wilson » 11/08/08 11:00am 11/08/08 11:00am, from Microsoft Research, has created a pretty impressive new way to interact with your computer, using very basic equipment and some very smart software coding. He's managed to use a standard webcam ("like $30," he says) and custom software to get the cam to recognize the shapes and movement of only his…

Mgestyk Gesture Control System Will Make Your Mouse and Keyboard…

We've seen gesture controls » 11/06/08 7:00pm 11/06/08 7:00pm , but Mgestyk Technologies wants to bring them to your home PC. Using only a 3D camera and proprietary software, the Mgestyk gesture control system is able to capture small hand movements and translate them into commands. These commands can be applied to almost any windows application,…

MeisterGRIP Gives Robot Arm Controls To Your Palms

Who doesn't want the ability to control robotic arms? Especially when the robo-arms are mapped directly to contact points and grasping-force from your own five fingers. Even though this wonderfully named MiesterGRIP does indeed give you robo-arm control, don't expect to be lifting cars anytime soon since it appears… » 8/13/08 7:00am 8/13/08 7:00am

Sensopac Neural-Net Robot Hand May Be What Droids Will Shake Hands With

Robotic hands and arms may be getting more sophisticated, but they don't really rival what we think C3-PO would have poking out of his torso. That is until now: an European science team have been busy creating the Sensopac robotic limb, and it's arguably the most human-like robotic limb yet. And partly that's because… » 7/24/08 7:00am 7/24/08 7:00am

Microsoft Wearable Mouse Patent Should Be Named "The Surf N' Jerk"

Microsoft continues their quest to bring Minority Report to life with a recently published patent for a wearable mouse from 2006. Now you too can wave your hands around like Tom Cruise—jumping optional—to control the cursor on your computer screen. The mouse is placed around the palm and activated by making a fist.… » 4/17/08 1:13pm 4/17/08 1:13pm