In case you do not know who Pointgrab is, it’s enough to keep in mind that many manufacturers of recent devices, like notebooks, all-in-one systems, Smart TVs or tablets, are using software solutions from them.
Designed as a platform for reading gestures that uses a classic webcam, Pointgrab will be available as software solution compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 8. To better understand the magnitude of this trend of motion sensors is enough to note that, although it apparently is a niche application, its usefulness is incredible. In addition, companies like Lenovo, Acer, Asus or Toshiba have already concluded partnerships for the new technology to be present in their new notebooks.
In terms of functionality, when moving the hand, the cursor is also moving on the screen and clenching the fist triggers a click, as The Verge shows. If you thumbs-up and turn the thumb to left or right, you will adjust the audio volume. An upgraded solution to the classical idea of pinch to zoom in this case includes the use of both hands. For Windows 8 users, the new Pointgrab application will allow users to wave to close the window and to return to the desktop.
For those with serious health problems, eventually immobilized to bed, the new solution reads hand movements from about 3 meters, regardless of the position in which the person is.
Although the potential is still infinite, the particularity that delights us most is that it is all software. The main working tool was a VGA camera and the results were spectacular. It’s nice to see that we don’t have to purchase new hardware for these amazing features.