We Could Control Future Computers and Video Games Using a 3D Motion Tracking Wristband

The Wii Introduced the masses to motion-based gaming. The Kinect took things one step further and all but eliminated controllers. Microsoft's latest innovation, an infrared tracker which is worn on the wrist, could make gaming and UI controls even more immersive than before.


The wrist controller users multiple infrafred cameras to track the movement of your hands, along with a handful of accelerometers and gyroscopes which can allow a device to locate you in space without the need of a sensor bar. From there, as is evident in the video, your hand can do virtually anything, and you can be anywhere without having to worry about how close or far away you are from a television or display. You can even gesture and control a device such as a tablet without even touching it. And yeah, you'd still might need a Kinect cam for games that track entire body movement, but for racing games and first person shooters, this control setup seems awesome. [Microsoft Research]


Let's see: We have the Wii and the tracking bar. We have the X-Box and its Kinect. We have the Playstation 3 with its camera-and-color-balls setup. Now we have this, from Microsoft again...

Not that it's going to happen because these guys are at each other's throats, but personally, I'd prefer that they all pooled resources into developing one good standard for motion tracking instead of going their separate ways screwing it all up like some of them *cough*Sony*cough* have.

The Wii had the Wiimote natively and was the first iteration of mainstream movement control, so it gets a pass. I can only name dance games as Kinect successes, but at least the Kinect has been used for a gazillion cool things outside the gaming world. The PS Move? Maybe I am out of date with the PS3, or maybe I am not the only one who can't name a blockbuster PS Move game.

And now this bracelet, which despite coming from Microsoft, is leaning on a different direction than Kinect. A part of me sincerely hopes I am wrong, but I feel we are adding just one more in a list of technologies that are not hitting the spot. I mean, when Microsoft announced the Kinect, they promised this wonderful machine that understood you effortlessly, and while good, it was far from that promise, so I am skeptical about this video.