Microsoft Project Digits Enables 3D Hand Simulation; Controlling Devices to be Easier than Ever Before

October 10, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

With the wave of Windows 8 slowly subsiding now, Microsoft had to do something to be on the top of technology frontier.

They are currently working on a project called ‘Digits’ and the successful completion of this one will definitely make them number one.

It’s basically a hardware that can read all types of hand gestures such that the future of device controlling will begin now itself.

The hand-tracking device is worn on the wrist and it can precisely model the hand’s movements, down to the fingertips, onto a screen.

The sensor is sort of like a super-accurate Kinect-bar bracelet, and the technology just might make its way onto the Xbox of the Future and change how you interact with graphical landscapes.

The project is a product of the collaboration between Microsoft’s Cambridge Research team and researchers at Newcastle University in England.

The team will present its work at the Association for Computing Machinery Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology.

Microsoft’s Digits is also one step towards greater immersion with the digital experience, and it isn’t too hard to imagine how this technology could itself interface or be the interface for Microsoft’s recently announced patent filing for ‘holograph’ technology.

At the conference there will be particular emphasis on the possible interaction with mobile phones and tablets.

Researchers say one of the biggest advantages of the prototype is that it leaves the hand free to be used, unlike data gloves which are often worn in other virtual reality applications.

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