Company creates new motion gesture support for Windows 8

Microsoft has already released an update to its Kinect for Windows SDK that supports Windows 8. Now there's word that a third party company, Elliptic Labs, has created its own motion gesture tools for the new OS that allow users to activate the touch screen commands without actually touching a screen.

The Oslo, Norway-based Elliptic Labs calls its new tools the Windows 8 Gesture Suite. As you can see from the above demo video, the software allows a Windows 8 owner to use the same touch commands for the OS with hand gestures that are completed over the screen or even away from it.

So how does this actually work? Unlike Kinect, which uses a camera, the hardware used by Elliptic Labs uses ultrasound transducers that are placed into a laptop or desktop. The company claims, "Ultrasonic touchless technology uses up to 95% less power than current camera image-based gestural systems, making it an attractive option for device manufactures around the world."

So when will we seen this kind of software and hardware appear in Windows 8-based PC?. News.com reports that Elliptic Labs is talking with PC makers and hopes to put its ultrasound technology, and its Windows 8 motion gesture tools, inside new PCs by the end of 2013.

Source: Elliptic Labs

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The problem with these things is that you can't keep your hands in the air for too long without getting tired.
That's why a mouse and keyboard are still the best solution.

Assuming this comes into fruition, I wonder whether it can ever become a peripheral? It'd be a nice way for Windows 8 users without touch screens to take full advantage of its touch features.

Yay! Norway!
On a serious note though... that could be pretty useful as a second tier input, or even first, if it's cheap and not just power efficient. I would be even more useful it you could use it from a distance.

"95% less power than current camera image-based gestural systems, making it an attractive option for device manufactures around the world"

How does it compare in terms of accuracy verse Kinect?

MikeInBA said,
"95% less power than current camera image-based gestural systems, making it an attractive option for device manufactures around the world"

How does it compare in terms of accuracy verse Kinect?


Just gestures(movements) it doesn't see a difference between 4 or 5 fingers.

primexx said,
Leap Motion

Leap motion is more advanced since it just doesn't see movement like this ultrasound method does.
Leap motion sees depth and position which makes it more advanced and usable for 3d applications, compared to the method in the article which is only usable for a few gestures.

warwagon said,
I guess if you were across the room it might be useful. But if not then just touch the fraking screen.

Well it could be useful on those massive touchscreens, so in classes the teacher could interact with screen without being right next to it or in front of it restricting people's view.

warwagon said,
I guess if you were across the room it might be useful. But if not then just touch the fraking screen.

Or if you are in an occupation where your hands are dirty. Drs, mechanics, farmers...all could benefit from being right in front of a screen, and interacting w/o touching.

Gaffney said,

Well it could be useful on those massive touchscreens, so in classes the teacher could interact with screen without being right next to it or in front of it restricting people's view.

Could. But won't. They're pushing this for laptops, it looks like, and while this is compelling from a distance, it lacks the precision and 'noise' control of touch (the computer won't flip out every time your cat takes a walk across your keyboard).

warwagon said,
I guess if you were across the room it might be useful. But if not then just touch the fraking screen.

Umm...., Non-touch laptops?