Apple Patent Technology to Control Your Computer with Your Head

December 17, 2009, By Radimir Bobev


Apple have just patented yet another invention. This one allows you to control your computer “hands-free” – that is, by moving your head. If it sounds weird, a look at the picture above should give you a vague idea of the concept – the device translates your head’s movements into a computer-simulated 3D space, creating a sort of virtual reality effect.
What’s curious in this case is that Apple weren’t actually the fist to come up with this concept – some of you may remember Johnny Chung Lee, who managed to hack the Wiimote for pretty much the same purpose.

There is one major difference between the two concepts though – while with Johnny’s idea you had to attach the Wii’s sensor bar to your head (or anything that emits IR light for that matter), Apple’s patent seems to be about using your webcam to track your head’s movements based on changes in the actual images recorded by the camera.

Apple seem to already have plans on utilizing this technology in their OS – the patent includes some details about using the device to control 2D applications, like viewing your layered windows from different angles. It looks cool, we just hope they hurry up and release an actual device that uses this soon.

[ Via Gizmodo ]

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